June 17, 2024

The National Judicial Council, NJC, has clarified that the Chief Judges of the Federal High Court and his counterpart in the High Court of Kano State are to appear before the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Olukayode Ariwoola on May 30.

The two top-rank judicial officers are to explain the rationale behind the recent issuance of conflicting orders on the disputed Kano Emirate legal tussle.

A statement by NJC Director of Information, Mr Soji Oye said the meeting which is a prelude to a whole-scale investigation by the National Judicial Council is to enable the Chief Justice of Nigeria, have a proper briefing on the disturbing development by the two respective Chief Judges.

The NJC statement on Wednesday read in part “Sequel to the conflicting judgments emanating from the Federal High Court, and Kano State High Court of Justice on the Chieftaincy matter in Kano State, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice John Tsoho, and Chief Judge of Kano State High Court, Justice Dije Aboki for an emergency meeting in his chambers tomorrow Thursday 30 May 2024.

“The meeting which is a prelude to whole scale investigation by the National Judicial Council is to enable the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria have a proper briefing on this very disturbing development by the two respective Chief Judges.

“There is a strong indication that the National Judicial Council will conduct an emergency meeting next week where the subject Judges are likely to be invited and subjected to serious investigations”, the statement said.

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