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Conflicting orders: APGA group lauds CJN for summoning Anambra CJ, 5 ors

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The Emergent Group of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) led by the National Vice Chairman in charge of Southeast, Chief Tony Uche Ezekwelu, had hailed the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, for summoning the Chief Judge of Anambra State, along with five other Chief Judges.

Hon. Ezekwelu made the remarks in a statement made available to ElombahNews on Monday.

In a petition titled “Urgent call for NJC & Body of Benchers to investigate Justice C. C Okah of the Awka High Court for judicial rascality and abuse of his judicial powers,” dated August 22, Ezekwelu had asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Body of Benchers to investigate Justice Okah over perceived judicial rascality and abuse of judicial powers.

The petitioners alleged that Justice Okah of a lower court, purportedly set aside a judgment that has been upheld by a higher court of competent jurisdiction.

ElombahNews, earlier in the day reported that CJN Muhammad summoned the Anambra State Chief Judge alongside other Chief Judges over conflicting court orders in their jurisdiction.

Also summoned are Chief Judges of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Jigawa and Imo states.

Justice Muhammad, who issued the summons in his capacity as NJC Chairman, noted that some Courts of coordinate jurisdiction were granting conflicting ex-parte orders on the same subject matter.

He recalled that NJC had earlier warned judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in granting ex-parte applications.

The reported stated that the CJN frowned at the embarrassing actions of the judges following the conflicting ex-parte orders in relation to cases on disputes in some political parties.

The affected Chief Judges are expected to appear before the CJN and later appear before the NJC to explain what informed their decisions.

Reacting in a statement titled “RE: CJN Summons 6 Chief Judges over Issuance of Conflicting Orders to Political Parties,” Ezekwelu thanked the CJN for his prompt response.

He also prayed the judiciary to look more closely into the cash and carry consequential orders being issued by some very revered Ministers in the Temple of Justice without regard.

The statement reads:

“Our attention has been drawn to the media report on the above caption.

“Recall that on August 22, 2021, The Emergent Group of APGA ably led by Chief Tony Uche Ezekwelu, National Vice Chairman in charge of Southeast, had called the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad who is the Chairman of the National Judicial Council on the caption “Urgent call for NJC & Body of Benchers to investigate Justice C. C Okah of the Awka High Court For judicial rascality and abuse of his judicial powers”.

“Hon. Tony Uche prayed the judiciary to look more closely into the cash and carry consequential orders being issued by some very revered Ministers in the Temple of Justice without regard.

“We thank the CJN immensely for rising to the challenge of leadership, and to have hearkened to our plea to look into the judicial rascality of some Judges.

“Therefore, we call on all our teeming supporters under the leadership of Chief Edozie Njoku, as National Chairman to keep calm, watch and pray.”

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