The National Judicial Council, NJC, in Abuja, has recommended the compulsory retirement of the Chief Judge of Taraba State High Court, Justice Philibus Andetur with immediate effect.
Justice Andetur was recommended for compulsory retirement following his indictment in a petition written against him by Senator Muhammed Sanusi Dagash.
Senator Dagash had in the petition accused the Chief Judge of suppressing judgment by failing to deliver judgment in a suit involving Mallam Kassim Yahaya Ahmad Vs Shittu Wurmo & Shuwari Farms Limited .
Though the law stipulates three months to deliver judgment after adoption of final addresses, Justice Andetur was said to have suppressed the judgment delivery for 30 months after adoption of final addresses by the parties.
The NJC after deliberations, found that the Chief Judge breached the provisions of S.294 (1) of the 1999 Constitution and therefore recommended him for compulsory retirement with immediate effect to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State.
In the interim, the Council in exercise of its disciplinary powers under the Constitution has suspended the Justice Andetur from office pending his compulsory retirement.
A statement by NJC’S Director of Information Mr Soji Oye says Justice Andetur is to hand over to the next most senior Judge in the State.
Reportng by Ifeoma Nwovu;Editing by Fany Olumoye and Julian Osamoto