Former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, who was out of the country when he was appointed as the Chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO), set up by the National Judicial Council (NJC) on September 27, has turned down the honour upon his return to the country based on principle and conscience.
The justice who sought an audience with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen:
1. Is not comfortable with the composition of the 15-man committee, hence, his latest move. Salami is convinced that the committee may not work as “efficiently expected” because of the businesses of some members. This is because the panel has some members who had been implicated in some conflicting challenges between the bench and the bar and as a matter of fact, he wouldn’t want to be identified with such personalities around him.
He believes that as the chairman of the committee, he will not have the authority to keep those members in check. So, instead of creating an unnecessary problem for himself without any place to run to, he decided to stay away from the committee.
2. Salami also opted out following the controversy surrounding the reinstatement of a former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms Task Team, Mr. Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina.
Justice Salami is said to have consulted widely with leaders on the Bench and in the Bar before resolving with his family to reject the offer.
Meanwhile, in a bid to prove that he had no grudges against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, he took time to meet with him personally to thank him for the honour.
– Chika Okorie