NJC Sacks Adamawa Judge Sets-up 7 panels to probe 25 Judges
The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Michael Goji for refusing to proceed on transfer to the Mubi Judicial Division of the State High Court since July 2017.
Naija News gathered that the council the confirmed his retirement today through its spokesperson, Soji Oye who stated that
“The National Judicial Council under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Mr Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, at its 86th Meeting which was held on the 8th and 9th May 2018, recommended the compulsory retirement of Hon. Mr Justice Michael Goji of the High Court of Adamawa State for refusing to proceed on transfer to the Mubi Judicial Division of the State High Court since July 2017.
“Hon. Mr Justice Michael Goji was recommended for compulsory retirement to Governor Bindo Umaru Jibrilla of Adamawa State sequel to the advice of the State Judicial Service Commission to Council after its Findings on the allegations of misconduct levelled against him.
“The Adamawa State Judicial State Commission had conducted an investigation on the conduct of Hon. Mr Justice Goji, following the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, after receiving the complaint of his misconduct from the Adamawa State Chief Judge.
“Aside from the recommendation for compulsory retirement, Council also directed that he should refund all salaries received by him from July 2017 till date, failing which the Adamawa State Government is to deduct the amount from any entitlement due to him and remit same to the National Judicial Council which pays salaries of all Judicial Officers in the Federation.
“In the interim, the Council in an exercise of its disciplinary powers under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, has suspended Hon. Mr Justice Goji from office pending his removal from office.
“Council considered the reports of various Investigation Committees and dismissed petitions written against Hon. Mr Justice Paul Adamu Galinje of the Supreme Court, Hon. Mr Justice Aminu Sabo Ringim, Chief Judge, Jigawa State, and Hon. Mr Justice Peter Umeadi, Chief Judge, Enugu