False age declaration: NJC confirmed acting CJ retirement notice, says Gombe AG

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Gombe State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Zubairu Umar, has said the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Mu’azu Pindiga, has tendered his notice of retirement.

Umar disclosed this on Wednesday, in an interview with journalists at the Ministry of Justice.

According to the Commissioner, the National Judicial Council has acknowledged receipt of Justice Pindiga’s pre-retirement notice.

Recall that one Hussaini Musa, in a petition dated 29th November 2021, which was made available to our correspondent, said he had petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, and the Secretary of the Council, the Director-General, Department of State Services, following an alleged alteration of his age from 1st January 1957 to 1st April 1957, thereby influencing his actual retirement age from January to April 2022.

Umar said, “All I know from what I got from the National Judicial Council was that he (Pindiga), tendered pre-retirement notice and that the NJC has accepted his pre-retirement notice, with effect from 1st January 2022. That is all I know and that is all I can say from what I got authoritatively.”

Commenting on the implications of the allegation, the Commissioner for Justice didn’t indicate the next line of action.“If anybody is insinuating anything he can take the necessary action,” Umar said.

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