National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the compulsory retirement of the Grand Kadi of Yobe State, Shu’aibu Talba, and a judge of the Osun State High Court, Justice Abdulkareem Abdulrasaq, over alleged age falsification.
The NJC’s decisions were taken at its 93rd meeting which was held virtually on December 16, 2020.
A statement by the NJC Director of Information, Soji Oye, dated December 18, 2020, noted that Talba was recommended for compulsory retirement following an investigation into a petition against him by one Malam Zakar Adamu, Chairman, Movement for Justice in Nigeria.
The petitioner alleged that Talba falsified his age on two occasions – from February 1, 1955, to August 27, 1955, and later to December 30, 1959.
“Findings revealed that he was supposed to have retired on February 1, 2020 by virtue of his declared date of birth of February 1, 1955,” NJC said.
The council also investigated the allegation in a petition by Yomi Aliyu (SAN) and found merit that Justice Abdulrasaq falsified his date of birth from 3rd September 1955 to 3rd September 1957.
Meanwhile, the council has recommended the appointment of 69 new judicial officers to enhance justice delivery in the country.