Conflicting Court Orders: CJN summons six Chief Judges, NBA laments

 Conflicting Court Orders: CJN summons six Chief Judges, NBA laments

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, has summoned the Chief Judges of six states over the recent wave of conflicting orders issued from their courts.

Mr Muhammad who is the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), a statutory body concerned with appointment and disciplining of judges, issued the summons to the affected Chief Judges in Abuja on Monday, News Reports


The judicial officials summoned to face interrogation over the development are Chief Judges of states in the South-south, North-west and South-east regions.

The states are Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo states.

The questionable ex parte orders issued in various political cases emanated from the judges of the six states in the last two months.

Spokesperson for the CJN, Ahuraka Isah, confirmed the summons issued by Mr Muhammad to the Chief Judges to our correspondent on Monday.

The affected heads of court are to appear before the CJN as a prelude to the broader probe by the NJC to explain what warranted issuance of conflicting orders by courts of coordinate jurisdiction in their domains.

Excerpts from the summons were shared with our reporter by top judiciary sources who sought not to be named because they were not given authorisation to speak on the matter.

“My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of coordinate jurisdiction were granting conflicting ex-parte orders on the same subject matter.

Ayomide Oyewole

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