Looters’ trial: NJC replaces Ayo Salami with ex-Supreme Court Justice

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has appointed a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mr. Suleiman Galadima as a replacement for Justice Isa Ayo Salami as Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).

Salami recently turned down his appointment, citing some personal reasons.

NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, who announced Justice Galadima’s appointment in a statement issued yesterday.

Oye said the committee (COTRIMCO) will be inaugurated today (November 1st, 2017) by NJI’s Chairman and Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen at the Council’s Conference Hall by 2pm.

Justice Galadima retired on October 10, 2016 from the Supreme Court bench at the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.

He was born October 1946 in Nasarawa State. He attended Government College Keffi where he obtained the West Africa School Certificate in 1965 before he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law in 1977 and was called to the Bar after he graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 1978.

He later earned a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Jos in 1985.

He joined the Anambra State Judiciary as Magistrate on July 1988 and in 1990, he was appointed as Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice, Plateau State.

On May 1991, he became a High Court judge in Plateau State. At the creation of Nasarawa State in 1996, he was appointed as its pioneer Chief Judge of the State.

On December 9, 1998, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal and on August 2010, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Justice Galadima is famous for his leading judgement in Shina Oketaolegun Vs. State, SC. 334A/2012, wherein he held that the Court of Appeal correctly reviewed the evidence led by both the prosecution and the defence in which he agreed that the evidence of one credible witness can justify conviction.

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