The National Judicial Council (NJC) has suspended Francis Chukwuma Abosi, the acting President of the Customary Court of Appeal for falsifying his age.
The NJC also suspended Justice Aliyu Musa Liman, a judge of Bauchi State High Court, over judicial misconduct.
The decisions were reached at the 90th meeting of the council, according to a statement signed by Soji Oye, the NJC Director of Information, on Friday.
According to the council, Abosi was found to have moved forward his date of birth by eight years.
It noted that asides suspension, the defaulting judge has also been recommended to the Imo State government for retirement.
The statement read: “Abosi was recommended for compulsory retirement following the falsification of his date of birth from 1950 to 1958”.
“Findings showed that he was supposed to have retired in November 2015 when he clocked the mandatory retirement age of Sixty five (65) years.
“Council decided to recommend for his compulsory retirement to governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and to also deduct the salaries he had earned from November 2015 to date from his retirement benefit.”
The NJC also suspended and recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Liman to the Bauchi State government over his failure to deliver judgment in a case for over four years.
“Musa Liman was recommended to the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed for compulsory retirement pursuant to the findings by the council for his failure to deliver judgement in suit No BA/100/2010, between Abubakar Isa and Sheik Tahir Usman Bauchi within the three months period stipulated by the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria,” Oye said.
“Council viewed his lordship’s failure to deliver judgement for nearly four years as a misconduct, contrary to section 292 (1)(b) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended and rules 1.3 and 3.7 of the 2016 revised code of conduct for judicial officers of the federal republic of Nigeria,” the statement read.
Petitions against O.A. Musa, justice of the high court of the FCT; Muhammed A. Sambo and Sa’ad Ibrahim Zadawa of the high court of Justice, Bauchi State, were dismissed for “either lacking in merit or being subjudice”.