I was sold out by my brother justices, says Salami

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Justice Ayo Salami, -going Appeal, said on Thursday that he was sold by “brother” justices face a three-year travail.

He said this in during a valedictory session held by Appeal mark retirement from service.

“I can only liken my travail biblical story about Joseph, who was sold into slavery by brothers.

“I fault the role of the National Judicial Council (NJC) in the events leading to my suspension as of the Appeal .

“The NJC failed in its duty and the Executive Arm capitalised on that to keep me of my until I turned 70 years on Oct. 25,’’ he said.

Salami further said: “The last three years of my career were dogged by travails, which are not dissimilar to the fate of Joseph in the book of Genesis in the Bible.

“For instance, the NJC, having cleared me of any wrongdoing, following the recommendations of Justice Aloma Mukhtar’ committee, ought to have recalled me back to office.

“In truth, as a matter of courtesy, all it needed to do was to write the Office of the to inform Mr. about it.”

The former President of the Court of Appeal was suspended from office in 2010 on allegation of professional misconduct.

Earlier, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the Acting President of the Court of Appeal, said that Salami’ contributions to the would always remain indelible.

She described Salami as a renowned jurist, adding that “he has shown this in his judgments.

“He has greatly contributed to the growth and development of law and jurisprudence in this country,” Bulkachuwa said.

In his remark, Mr Okey Wali (SAN), the President of the Bar Association (NBA), described Salami as a courageous, thorough and methodical judicial officer.

Wali, who was represented by Mr Sunday Ameh (SAN), urged the Bar and Bench to reject attempts by external forces to interfere the independence of the .