The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the immediate retirement of two judges over allegations of age falsification.
The affected judges are the Grand Kadi of Yobe State, Shu’aibu A. Talba, and Justice Abdulkareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq of the Osun State High Court.
The NJC suspended the two judges pending the times the Governors of their state would recommend their compulsory retirement.
Thee judicial body took the disciplinary action during one of its virtual meeting recently. During the meeting it rejected 18 petitions against 14 judges and recommended the appointment of 69 others.
Announcing the decision, NJC spokesman, Soji Oye said the council also recommended the promotion of 70 workers the body.
Talba, according to Soji Oye “was recommended for compulsory retirement following an investigation into a petition against him written by Malam Zakar Adamu, Chairman of the Movement for Justice in Nigeria, alleging that His Lordship falsified his age on two occasions, that is, from February 1, 1955 to August 27, 1955 and later to December 30, 1959.
“Findings revealed that he was supposed to have retired on February 1, 2020, by virtue of his declared date of birth of February 1, 1955.
“Council, after deliberation, decided to recommend His Lordship’s compulsory retirement to Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
“Furthermore, Council requested the Government of Yobe State to deduct all salaries received by His Lordship from February 1, 2020 till date, from his gratuity, and remit same to the NJC that pays salaries of all judicial officers in the federation.”
“Council, therefore, recommended His Lordship’s compulsory retirement to Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State with effect from September 3, 2020. It also requested the Osun State government to deduct from His Lordship’s gratuity, salaries received by him from September.