Justice Ayo Isa Salami may be free of his suspension, sources close to the National Judicial Council, NJC, said on Thursday. The beleagured justice was reportedly re-instated to his former postion as President of the Court of Appeal, PCA.
According to the Daily Trust, sources in the system say the decision to reinstate Salami was reached in Abuja yesterday during a second day of the NJC meeting, which lasted four hours.
Justice Salami was suspended nine monts ago, on 18 August, during the 7th emergency meeting of the NJC following his refusal to apologise to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Aloysius Katsina-Alu, for allegedly lying on oath against him.
In an affidavit he deposed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Salami alleged that the ex-CJN pressurized him to pervert justice in a gubernatorial election appeal dispute involving Sokoto State to favour Governor Aliyu Wamakko.
According to reports, a 29-member stakeholders’ Judicial Reform Committee raised by CJN Justice Dahiru Musdapher, on October 14, who are reviewing the crises in the judiciary, recommended Justice Salami’s reinstatement.
The committee was headed by a former CJN, Justice Muhammadu Uwais.
A sub-committee of the panel, including Justice Mamman Nasir, Justice U. Kalgo and Justice Bola Ajibola, recommended Salami’s reinstatement to the NJC and they received the backing of the Committee.
Likely incoming CJN Justice Maryam Aloma-Mukhtar is also heading a five-member Negotiation Committee given the responsibility of reconciling Justice Katsina-Alu and Justice Salami.
Justice Musdapher on Thursday endorsed the recommendation that President Jonathan should reinstate Salami.