Thursday, July 28, 2011

NJC panel clears Salami of financial inducement

27 July 2011

•Confirms his relationship with ACN chieftains on Osun, Ekiti gov appeals
•Says Salami lied on oath against CJN on Sokoto gov appeal
•Discussion on report inconclusive - Council member

THE National Judicial Council (NJC) probe panel has reportedly cleared Justice Ayo Salami of financial inducement in the Osun and Ekiti governorship appeals.

However, President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, has reportedly been indicted for perjury by the five-man National Judicial Council (NJC) probe panel, for alleging on oath that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu, asked him to manipulate the course of justice in the Sokoto State governorship election appeal.

In the report of the Justice Umaru Abdullahi panel, reportedly discussed at the council’s meeting on Wednesday, Salami’s allegation against the CJN was said to have been labelled “baseless” by the probe panel.

In a suit seeking to stop his promotion to the Supreme Court, Salami had deposed on oath that Justice Katsina-Alu asked him to compromise the appeal panel in giving judgment in favour of the incumbent governor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The council, according to an insider, is yet to adopt the report and discussion on it continues at its meeting today.

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