By Dirisu Yakubu
KOGI—LeaderSand stakeholders in Kogi State have advised the State House of Assembly not to allow it to be used in the attempt to remove the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Nasir Ajanah.
The stakeholders on the auspices of Kogi State Leaders Forum, gave the warning yesterday in a statement signed by its secretary, Suleiman Abdullahi even as it described the alleged plot as illegal, and against the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The statement read in part: “The proper processes for the removal of the Chief Judge of Kogi State, or any Chief Judge for that matter, can only be activated after the National Judicial Council, NJC, has investigated reported infractions against such a judge, and found him wanting.
“Recent attempts to sidetrack due process and rule of law in the removal of Chief Judges in Kwara and Abia States, respectively, for instance, were nullified by courts. Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb of Kwara State, who was unceremoniously removed from office in 2009, was reinstated by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in a unanimous ruling in February 2012. The apex court ruled that the governor of Kwara State at the time did not have the power to sack her without recourse to and the approval of the NJC.