BY IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA-A body of lawyers under the aegis of Justice and Integrity Group, JIG, yesterday, urged the embattled President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, to resign his position forthwith, saying it was the only way to save the judiciary from further public embarrassment.
The group equally implored the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, to go ahead and invoke his statutory powers under section 174 (1) (a) of the 1999 constitution and institute a criminal case of perjury against the PCA should he decline to either comply with the directive of the National Judicial Council, NJC, or voluntarily step-down from office.
While insisting section 21(g) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, imbued the NJC with the powers to appoint, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over any of its members and staff found wanting, the group contended that Salami, having been found guilty of gross misconduct by the legal body, ought to resign or face outright dismissal.
The position of the group was contained in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary and Assistant National Secretary, Mr. Raphael Agama and Hashimu Jibrin, respectively, read in part: “In its report, the NJC pronounced the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami guilty of gross misconduct for making false allegations against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Katsina-Alu over the Sokoto Gubernatorial appeal”.