The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recalled Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who was suspended alongside seven other judges following allegations of corruption brought against them by the federal government.
Recall that Mr. Ademola and seven other judges were suspended in November 2016.
They are John Inyang Okoro, supreme court; Uwani Abba Aji, court of appeal; Hydiazira Nganjiwa, federal high court; Musa Kurya, federal high court, and Agbadu James Fishim, National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
In a statement on Saturday by Soji Oye, NJC spokesman, the council said the judges to resume duty on June 7.
NJC said it took the decision at its meeting which ended on Thursday.
The statement read: “The National Judicial Council, under the chairmanship of Hon Justice Walter S N Onnoghen, GCON, at its 82nd meeting which was held on 31 May and 1 June, 2017, considered the case of eight judicial officers who were directed to recuse themselves from duties on the request of the attorney-general of the federation pending the outcome of investigations against them. To maintain the integrity and sanctity of the judiciary and sustain public confidence, the judicial officers were directed to recuse themselves from office with effect from 2 November, 2016”
“After deliberation, council noted that out of the judicial officers directed to recuse themselves from performing their official duties, only three have been charged to court. They are: Hon Justice N S Ngwuta, CFR, of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; Justice A F A Ademola of the federal high court; and Hon Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia of the federal high court.
“The trial of Hon Justice A F A Ademola has been concluded and he has been discharged and acquitted of the charges filed against him.
“In view of the foregoing, council decided that the various heads of court should direct the following judicial officers to resume their judicial duties with effect from Wednesday 7 June, 2017, as there are already backlog of cases in their various court for the past eight months: Hon Justice John Inyang Okoro of the supreme court; Hon Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the court of appeal; Hon Justice Hydiazira A Nganjiwa of the federal high court; Hon Justice A F A Ademola of the federal high court who has been discharged and acquitted; Hon Justice Musa H Kurya of the federal high court; and Hon Justice Agbadu James Fishim of National Industrial Court of Nigeria.”