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National Judicial Council Queries Three Judges

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), Justice TANKO MUHAMMED, has held a marathon meeting with the six chief judges invited over the conflicting ex parte orders emanating from different judges across the country.


A statement from the spokesperson of the NJC, SOJI OYE, revealed that the meeting which commenced at 11am lasted till 5:30pm, with the Chief Judge of the High Court of the FCT also in attendance.


He said the CJN first had a one-on-one interaction with the CJ of the FCT, Abuja, and then the CJs of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Jigawa, Anambra, and Imo.


Three of the judges who granted conflicting ex parte orders have been invited to appear before the NJC to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for granting such orders.


The statement was, however, silent on the identity of the affected judges.


Justice MUHAMMED also warned all the CJs to avoid unnecessarily assuming jurisdiction in matters with similar subjects and parties already before other courts, so as to protect the court from lawyers who were out for forum-shopping.


He advised them to work in tandem with all their judges to salvage the image of the judiciary.

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