The National Judicial Council (NJC) has appointed Suleiman Galadima as replacement for Ayo Salami, former President of the Court of Appeal, who rejected his appointment as Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the NJC’s Director of Information.
“The National Judicial Council under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has picked a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Mr. Suleiman Galadima, CFR, as the new chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee,” the statement read.
“He is to replace Hon. Justice Mr. Ayo Salami (retired) who excused himself from the committee as the Chairman, after initially accepting to serve.
“The committee will be inaugurated tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Hon. Justice Mr. Onnoghen, at the Council’s Conference Hall by 2 pm.”
Galadima, the newly appointed Chairman, retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court on October 10, 2016, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Salami had resigned his appointment of the newly formed committee, saying it was not in his interest.
He said that the judiciary abandoned him when he was “harassed” out of office in 2011.
“I rejected the appointment because it is not in my interest,” Salami said.
“Where was the judiciary when they were harassing me? Where was the court when they were harassing me? So, let them continue to do it in their own way.”