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The National Judicial Council (NJC) has appointed Suleiman Galadima, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, as the new chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).
NJC announced this in a statement on Tuesday by its director of information, Soyi Oje. Galadima replaces Ayo Salami, retired president of the court of appeal, who rejected the appointment for personal reasons; the replacement followed last week’s resignation of Salami as the chairman of the 16-man committee.
“The National Judicial Council under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, GCON, has picked a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Mr. Suleiman Galadima, CFR, as the new chairman of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee.
He is to replace Hon. Justice Mr. Ayo Salami (retired) who excused himself from the committee as the chairman, after initially accepting to serve. The committee will be inaugurated tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 by Hon. Justice Mr. Onnoghen, at the Council’s Conference Hall by 2pm,” the statement read.
The committee has been mandated to “monitor and regularly evaluate the progress and activities of courts designated to try corruption and financial/economic crime cases; advise on practice directions for approval by the chief justice of Nigeria to be applicable in all such courts across the country; advise on the trainings, re-trainings and other refresher programmes for Judges and staff of the designated courts aimed at enhancing their capacities to function effectively”.
Justice Salami had reportedly turned in his resignation letter before a date for the committee’s inauguration could be announced.
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