In its efforts to sanitize the Nigerian judiciary, the National Judicial Council on Monday recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Shadrach Nwanosike, the acting Chief Judge of Abia State, from office. The recommendation was made public via a statement signed by the acting Director, Information of the Supreme Court, Soji Oye.
According to the statement, the recommendation came on the heels of the results of the findings carried out by the NJC which revealed that Mt Justice Nwanosike falsified his date of birth, which has postponed his retirement by some years.
It was also contained in the statement that the NJC considered and deliberated on the report of its Committee on Performance Evaluation of Judicial officers of the Superior Courts of Record in the country.
The NJC also recommended the appointment of judicial officers as Chief Judges of the FCT, Rivers State, Jigawa State and Katsina State.
It stated that the name of a Chief Judge for the FCT High Court had been recommended to President Goodluck Jonathan for appointment.
Aspersions have been cast on the Nigerian judiciary over the past few years. Recently, a Nigerian judge who is the Acting Chief Justice of Gambia was caught on tape negotiating a bribe.