A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday fixed March 11 to deliver judgment in a suit seeking to compel the National Judicial Council (NJC) to reinstate the suspended President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Ayo Isa Salami.
Salami has been on suspension since August 18, 2011 when the NJC found him guilty of “gross misconduct” and refusal to apologise to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu.
Presiding judge, Justice Adamu Bello adjourned for judgement the suit brought by the Registered Trustees of Centre for the Promotion of Arbitration.
The Trustees had through their counsel, Jitobo Akanike sought an order of mandamus compelling the NJC to recall Salami adding that President Goodluck Jonathan and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) both have no business in matters of discipline of a judicial officer.
In their separate responses, counsel to the president and the AGF, Mr. Matthew Echo urged the trial judge to dismiss the plaintiffs’ originating summons on the ground that they lack the locus standi to institute the matter.