Re-instatement: Salami knows fate today

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By IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI

ABUJA — A Federal High Court in Abuja, will today, determine whether the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, PCA, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, should forthwith resume the duties of his office despite the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan to okay his re-instatement by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

The Council had on August 18, 2011, ordered Salami to proceed on an indefinite suspension after he was found guilty of judicial misconduct.

He was specifically accused of lying on oath against a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu.

Salami had in the wake of an uncanny feud that ensued between him and the ex-CJN who was his classmate at the law school, alleged via an affidavit he deposed before the federal high court, that Katsina-Alu, pressurised him to pervert justice in a gubernatorial election appeal dispute involving Sokoto State.

However, the NJC, after a stormy session it held on August 18, cleared the former CJN, even as it axed Salami for violating the code of conduct for judicial officers in the country.

Nevertheless, the Council had since then okayed him to return to office, a move that was vehemently opposed by President Jonathan who insisted that re-instating Salami within the pendency of legal actions revolving around his suspension would amount to sub-judice.

Consequently, in defiance to a resolution that was reached by the NJC on May 10, 2012, President Jonathan, through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke Bello, on May 22, 2012, maintained that Salami should not resume office until all the court cases are disposed of.

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