National Judicial Council recommends compulsory retirement of two judicial officers

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Nigerian Court

The National Judicial Council NJC, has recommended the compulsory retirement of two judicial officers, the Grand Kadi of Yobe State, Shu’aibu Talba, and Justice Abdulkareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq of Osun State High Court, for alleged age falsification.

NJC’s Director, Information, Soji Oye, stated in a statement that the council took its decision at its 93rd meeting held virtually on December 16, 2020.

He stated that the council’s findings showed that by their real ages, Grand Kadi Talba ought to have retired in February 2020, and Justice Abdulrasaq ought to have retired in September 2020.

He also stated that the council requested the governors of their respective states to deduct from their gratuities, the cumulative salaries they had received from when they ought to have retired till date. The statement noted that Grand Kadi Shu’aibu Talba was recommended for compulsory retirement following an investigation into a petition against him written by one Malam Zakar Adamu, Chairman, Movement for Justice in Nigeria, alleging that His Lordship falsified his age on two occasions, from February 1, 1955 to August 27, 1955 and later to December 30, 1959.