BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA-The probe panel set up by the National Judicial Council, NJC, to investigate allegations of corruption against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu and President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, may have given the two senior jurists a soft landing to save the judiciary from further embarrassment.
Investigations by Vanguard showed that the report, which was presented to the council, yesterday, was distributed to members for consideration.
Salami and other justices of the Court of Appeal were reportedly cleared by the panel on allegations that members of the governorship appeal panels in Osun and Ekiti states were financially-induced to give judgment in favour of the Action Congress of Nigeria.
The panel was said to have concluded that there was no evidence of financial inducement in the outcome of the two appeals.
The panel, however, was said to have established evidence of conviviality between Salami and some chieftains of ACN.
On the controversial call-logs, the panel was said to have recommended that they should be further investigated by relevant security agencies to determine their relevance to the allegations against the jurists.
The panel was also said to have described Salami’s allegation that the CJN attempted to influence the election petition appeal in the Sokoto matter as base less.
The council, according to an insider, adopted the report yesterday though its meeting continues today.