A Federal High Court Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola has retired from the bench.
Justice Ademola tendered his letter of voluntary retirement from the bench of the Federal High Court on Thursday, December 6 2017.
The judge was due for his statutory retirement in March 2018 but in a surprise move, he turned in his letter of resignation on Thursday.
Although his one-paragraph letter was received at the Office of the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on December 7 (Thursday), the letter stated that his retirement took effect from December 6 (Wednesday).
The letter did not disclose the reason for the judge’s decision.
Findings however revealed that Justice Ademola had earlier writtend a letter to the National Judicial Council, notifying the council of his imminent retirement.
The letter was dated September 25, 2017, and was addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The letter indicated that the NJC would receive the letter through the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati.
The letter partly reads, ‘Letter of voluntary retirement’, the letter read, “I hereby voluntarily retire from the bench of the Federal High Court with effect from December 6, 2017.”