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Justice Karatu’s treatment, example of assault on independence of judiciary

On June 14, 2019, Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu removed Justice Elizabeth Karatu, from office as acting Chief Judge of the State and appointed Justice Sulaiman Ambursa to act in that capacity, following the Kebbi State House of Assembly’s refusal to confirm Justice Karatu as substantive Chief Judge of the state. Before this time, Justice Karatu had petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, alleging, among other things, that she was being victimised by state authorities on grounds of her Christian faith and that Justice Ambursa had played a part in efforts to frustrate her confirmation as Chief Judge of the state.

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