Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, has on Friday, February 9, 2018, approved the compulsory retirement of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the sack from office of Justice O.O. Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court.
Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, explained in a statement that the approvals followed recommendations from the National Judicial Council, NJC.
“The disciplinary actions on the two Justices are in pursuance of section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” the statement said.
Justice Tokode has also been directed to refund all salaries and allowances he allegedly earned illegally from December 2, 2015, when he was sworn-in as a judge of the Federal High Court to date.
President Buhari further asked judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties.
Justice Ademola who was among eight superior court judges that were arrested after a “sting operation” the Department of State Service, DSS, conducted in October 2016.
The NJC had written to President Muhammadu Buhari, recommending that the Judge must immediately proceed on compulsory retirement even though he would actually be officially due for retirement on April 8, 2018, when he would have clocked the 65 years mandatory retirement age.