20 December 2020 By Victoria Abah
The National Judicial Council, NJC, has recommended the compulsory retirement of Shu’aibu Talba, the Grand Kadi of Yobe State and Justice Abdulkareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq of the Osun State High Court with immediate effect.
The decision was taken at its 93rd Meeting of 16 December 2020 held virtually in Abuja.
According to the Council, Grand Kadi Shu’aibu Talba was recommended for compulsory retirement following an investigation into a petition against him written by one Malam Zakar Adamu, Chairman, Movement for Justice in Nigeria.
He alleged that His Lordship falsified his age on two occasions, from 1st February, 1955 to 27th August, 1955 and later to 30th December, 1959.
The Council, after deliberation, decided to recommend His Lordship’s compulsory retirement to Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, while requesting deduction of all salaries received by him from 1st February, 2020 till date, from his gratuity, and remit same to the NJC.
The Council also considered a petition by Chief Yomi Alliyu, and found merit in his allegation against Justice Abdul-Kareem Babatunde Abdulrasaq that His Lordship falsified his date of birth from 3rd September, 1955 to 3rd September, 1957.
It ,therefore, recommended His Lordship’s compulsory retirement to Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State with effect from 3rd September, 2020, also requesting deduction from His Lordship’s gratuity, salaries received by him from 3rd September, 2020, and remit same to the NJC.
The NJC therefore said that based on its disciplinary powers under the 1999 constitution as amended it has suspended Grand Khadi Talba and justice Abdulrazaq from office pending approval of the recommendations of their compulsory retirements by their Governors.
The Council also considered the Reports of its two Preliminary Complaints Assessment Committees and agreed with the recommendations to dismiss Eighteen (18) petitions against fourteen (14) Judicial Officers.
Similarly, the Council has considered the Report of the Interview Committee and recommended the appointment of Sixty-nine Judicial Officers as Heads of Court, while notifications of retirement of Twelve Judicial Officers and death of Three Judges of Federal and State Courts were also received.