The suspended former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami has eventually given up on his reinstatement as Street Journal’s findings revealed that he has taken steps towards retiring from the bench.
After his suspension about two years ago, the National Judicial Council had recommended that he should retire.
Findings revealed that he has since tendered a pre-retirement letter which has been accepted by the NJC. He is due to retire on October 15, and as such, he would be proceeding on his pre-retirement leave any moment from now.
Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa was appointed as Acting President of the Court of Appeal last November.
Justice Ayo Salami was suspended in August 2011 over his refusal to apologise to the NJC and the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, after a panel of the council ruled that he lied against the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
The Judicial Council also recommended Salami;s retirement. The latter however challenged the NJC’s decision in court.
The NJC however made a u-turn in May, 2012 as it recommended the reinstatement of the suspended judge. The Federal Government however refused to act on the recommendation, citing several court actions over the matter.