April 22, 2010

NIGERIA: 75 years retirement age ‘will spell doom for judiciary’

. ISHERI, Ogun State, Nigeria / Nigerian Compass / Features / Law / April 22, 2010 THE famous dictum: “The older the wine, the costlier it becomes” aptly fits into the ongoing discourse on the retirement age of the Justices of the Supreme Court, as the desire to have the age extended from 70 to 75 years is getting stronger by the day. The latest being the position of the newly appointed Attorney General and Justice Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Adoke, a Senior Advocate, at a forum last week where he canvassed the upward review of the statutory retirement age of the justices. To him, pegging the justices’ retirement age at 75 would allow them to swim in what he described as a ‘regime where the said 70 years should be an optional retirement age’. Adoke who canvassed this at a valedictory session held in honour of Mr. Justice Ogenyi Ogebe, who retired from the Supreme Court , believed that the nation would immensely benefit from the justices’ wealth of experience and wisdom if their retirement age was extended by five years. Adoke said : “ Iam certain that if we can adopt such regime, we will get the most out of our judges at appellate level due to the fearlessness, candor and courage which comes with old age and which are the attributes that our judiciary needs to constantly exhibit”. Although the judiciary needs fearless and courageous judges to dispense justice, his position however pitted his colleagues against each other. Some threw their weight behind him while others sharply kicked against such proposition,describing it as enough to bring down the enviable glory of the judiciary should the retirement age of the apex court peg at 75 years. [rc] To continue reading, click here Source: The Compass, Nigeria