The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has expressed regret over the rejection of the Chairmanship position of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO) by former Head of Appeal Court, Ayo Salami.
The CJN said this at the inauguration of the committee on Wednesday.
The committee was set up by the National Judicial Council and is now headed by a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Suleiman Galadima.
The NJC had on Tuesday announced Galadima as Salami’s replacement following the ex-PCA’s resignation.
At the inauguration of the 16-man Committee, Onnoghen said Salami had earlier consented to heading the Committee.
Onnoghen, who however, expressed gratitude that Galadima accepted to serve on the Committee stated that : “We do hope however that His Lordship, Hon. Justice Ayo Salami, OFR, will in the near future, be available to offer the Judiciary in particular and the nation in general the benefits of his wealth of experience.
“However, I am pleased to announce that Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima, JSC (rtd.), CFR, has graciously accepted to serve as the Chairman of the Committee.”