Salami will get valedictory session, other privileges –Investigation

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The immediate-past President of the Court of Appeal, PCA, Justice Ayo Isa Salami, would be accorded full recognition due to his former position, it has been discovered.

This is coming on the heels of speculations that the former PCA may not enjoy some privileges accruable to his former office because of his suspension by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

Also corroborating this position, a former Attorney- General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), told our correspondent that there were no encumbrances standing in Salami’s way to deny him his benefits.

Olujinmi, who is the former PCA’s attorney, also said the committee which found Salami guilty of “gross misconduct”, was not “neutral”.

The NJC suspended Salami on August 18, 2011 for what it referred to as “gross misconduct” on the part of the jurist.

Though the council later reviewed itself when it reinstated the former head of the appellate court, it wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan for approval.

This development, however, stalled Salami’s eventual resumption, as the Presidency, through the AGF and Minister Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), insisted that it could only act upon the conclusion of the pending case instituted against the NJC.

Speaking with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, a highlyplaced source at the NJC, said since the former PCA received his salaries until his official retirement last week, when he clocked the mandatory retirement age of 70 years, there was no reason why he would not be treated to a valedictory court session, which is a tradition with the Bench.

The source also disclosed that Salami would enjoy other privileges due to his former position.

He said: “Justice Salami was earning his salaries throughout the period he was on suspension, even his portrait was still hanging on the walls of the Court of Appeal.

“As far as NJC is concerned, Justice Salami retired as a President of the Court of Appeal, notwithstanding his case in court. He was being paid his salaries and so is entitled to the privileges of PCA and unless he refuses to turn up whenever a valedictory court session is held in his honour.”

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