There is confusion at the Federal High Court, Abuja, over the status of Justice Adeniyi Ademola. The judge on Thursday announced his exit from the Bench. The confusion followed his decision to hand in his resignation letter dated December 6, 2017, about a month after his earlier letter, dated November 26, 2017, notifying the National Judicial Council (NJC) of his retirement with effect from April next year.
Justice Ademola’s letter was received in the office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Kafarati on Thursday morning. Although the earlier letter of November 25 has been received by the NJC, The Nation’s investigation revealed the NJC was unaware of the second letter. A source at the NJC said the Council was only aware of the November 25 letter, stating among other that he (Justice Ademola was due for retirement in April next year at the attainment of the 65 years mandatory retirement age.
The letter reads:
“I hereby voluntarily retire from the Bench of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with effect from December 6, 2017. Thank you. Yours faithfully, Hon. Justice A. F. A. Ademola.” “This letter supersedes my previous notice of retirement from the Federal High Court of Nigeria, dated 25/09/2017.”