Senate to intervene in CJN, justices feud

The Nigerian Senate is ready to intervene in the controversy arising from the allegations levelled in opposition to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad by some justices of the Supreme Court docket.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, directed the committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Authorized Issues to become involved with the CJN and different justices with a view to resolving the problems.

He gave the directive on the finish of plenary on Wednesday.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how 14 Supreme Court docket justices, in a leaked memo, accused the Mr Muhammad of not giving justices their legit entitlements.

The letter contained operational challenges which have virtually crippled the environment friendly adjudication of circumstances on the court docket – first of its form in the 58-year historical past of the court docket.

Some main points raised by the judges are non-replacement of poor automobiles, poor lodging, lack of medication on the Supreme Court docket clinic and epileptic electrical energy provide on the Supreme Court docket.

Others are enhance in electrical energy tariff, little or no enhance in the allowances for diesel and lack of web providers to residences and chambers.

The CJN has, nonetheless, replied the judges and addressed some points, together with non-provision of diesel allowances for justices, non-provision of outfitted places of work, lodging, and the whole set of automobiles for brand new justices appointed two years in the past, amongst others.

He additionally allayed the concern of most of the people assuring that “there’s no hostility or adversarial emotions amongst the Justices of the Supreme Court docket, as everybody goes about his regular responsibility.”


Addressing his colleagues at plenary, Mr Lawan stated the Senate owes it an obligation to Nigerians to intervene in the controversy rocking the apex court docket.

“There are some points popping out of the judiciary. We have to be in that arm of presidency. I imagine that we owe to Nigerians to look into what is going on in that arm of presidency with a view to bringing options to the issues that judiciary faces.”

He thereafter requested the committee to “become involved with the CJN and the judiciary usually and discover out what the true points are and the way the Nationwide Meeting will help.”

The panel is anticipated to arrange a gathering with representatives of the Supreme Court docket to deal with their grievances.

No time was given to members of the panel to submit a report or give suggestions.


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