Adamawa judge sent on compulsory retirement by NJC

Micheal Goji, a judge of a high court in Adamawa state, has been sent on compulsory retirement by the National Judicial Council (NJC)   for “refusing” to proceed on transfer.

The judge is said to have failed to report to the Mubi since July 2017.

Soji Oye, spokesman of the NJC, said Goji’s compulsory retirement was recommended to Bindo Umaru Jibrilla, Adamawa governor.

The recommendation, he said, was sequel to the advice of the state’s judicial service commission to NJC.

“The National Judicial Council under the chairmanship of the Honourable Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen (GCON) at its 86th Meeting which was held on the 8th and 9th May, 2018, recommended the compulsory retirement of Hon. Mr. Justice Michael Goji of the high court of Adamawa state for refusing to proceed on transfer to the Mubi judicial division of the state high court since July, 2017,” the statement read.

“The Adamawa state Judicial State Commission had conducted an investigation on the conduct of Hon. Mr. Justice Goji, following the directive of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, after receiving the complaint of his misconduct from the Adamawa state chief judge.

“Aside from the recommendation for compulsory retirement, Council also directed that he should refund all salaries received by him from July, 2017 till date, failing which the Adamawa state government is to deduct the amount from any entitlement due to him and remit same to the National Judicial Council which pays salaries of all judicial officers in the federation.

“In the interim, the Council in exercise of its disciplinary powers under the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended, has suspended Hon. Mr. Justice Goji from office pending his removal from office.”

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