CJN Muhammad summons six Chief Judges over conflicting orders

Ishaku Yohanna

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has summoned six state Chief Judges over conflicting orders emanating from their courts.

The chief judges summoned are those of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa, and Imo states.

The CJN issued the summons on Monday in his capacity as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The CJN, in was learnt, frowned at the embarrassment caused the Judiciary by the actions of the judges behind the conflicting ex-parte orders in relation to cases on disputes in some political parties.

“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.

“It has become expedient for me to invite you for a detailed briefing on the development.

“This is even more compelling, having regard to earlier NJC warning to judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in granting ex parte applications,” the summon sent to the chief judges read in part.

By the summons, the affected Chief Judges are to first appear before CJN, preparatory to their appearance before the NJC to explain what informed the issuance of conflicting orders by courts of coordinate jurisdiction.

It was gathered that the meeting between the CJN and the affected Heads of Courts would hold this week before their appearance before the NJC sometime next week.

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