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See Why Justice Salami Turned Down NJC Appointment

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Some facts have emerged on the reason why former President of the Appeals Court Justice Ayo Salami rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).

It was gathered that Justice Salami is convinced that the committee may not work as “efficiently expected” because few members of it had been entrenched in the intrigues in the nation’s Judiciary.

Justice Salami was named the chair of COTRIMCO, which was set up by the National Judicial Council (NJC), by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

It was gathered that Justice Salami is said to be uncomfortable with the composition of the 15-man committee.

Anti-corruption organisation, The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had also frowned at the composition of the committee.

The Judge allegedly said the committee is said to include some members who had been implicated in some conflicting challenges between the bench and the bar.

Rejection of appointment

Although, Salami was out of the country when he was appointed, he sought audience with the CJN upon his return.

A top official at the Supreme Court told the The Nation that after discussing his reservations with the CJN, he wrote to reject the appointment.

“I think Salami felt that a few members of the committee had been entrenched in the intrigues in the nation’s Judiciary,”the source said.

“He believes that as the chairman of the committee, he will not have the authority to keep those members in check. So, instead of creating unnecessary problem for himself without any place to run to, he opted to stay away from the committee.

“In fact, while he was still being asked by colleagues to give the appointment a chance, there was controversy over the reinstatement of a former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina. Salami just said he won’t accept this offer.

“He, however, took time to meet with the CJN personally to thank him for the honour and why he cannot accept the job. He made it known that he had no grudges against the CJN.”