The Workers in the judiciary arm of government in Kogi State on Monday has kick start a powerful protests against a suspected plan by the Yahaya Bello led -government to remove Justice Nasiru Ajanah, the Chief Judge of the State from his highly revered office.
Dependable source had gathered that the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has allegedly pass an instruction to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole to remove the state Chief Judge unconstitutionally from office
The source disclosed that the speaker has also be given an instruction to mobilised honourable members of the State House of Assembly on how to remove the number one man in the judiciary arm of government in the state.
Comrade Emmanuel Waniko, the Kogi state chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, has made a clarion call on the the Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole to desists from any illegal plot to forcefully remove the state Chief Judge
The workers of the judiciary arm of government carried placards with different inscription which includes Why are you punishing us”, ” Pay us our salary”, “Bello you benefited from judiciary why are you fighting us.”
His statements ” We were last paid in June 2018 which makes it a total of nine months today that we are being owed our legitimate salaries. We are therefore upbeat that even after almost four months that our courts are shut down because of our ongoing strike, the state assembly would make itself available to further foster another crisis on the state through this proposed illegal removal of the Chief Judge.
“Any attempt to bring the hallowed chambers of the state judiciary into disrepute through this glaring and obvious miss governance in the state by illegally pronouncing the removal of the Chief Judge would be stoutly resisted.
“We will also use this opportunity to encourage our members and urge our judiciary officers not to fall for the antics of the clear underperforming administration of governor Yahaya Bello.
“We are aware that he has been shopping for any judge that will compromise and betray the judiciary but we have confidence in your integrity which has stood Kogi State judiciary out among other states in country.Also speaking on the plot, the National Vice President, JOSUN north central, Comrade Daniel Ola Adeniyi said,
in his own view Comrade Daniel Ola Adeniyi,the National Vice President, JOSUN north central, contributing his quota to the alleged plan by the governor disclosed that:
“It is unlawful for the House to embark on such a wasteful venture. More so that there is a subsisting order of the High Court restraining the House and the Governor from doing anything pertaining subject matter “
“There is a decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Elelu Habib vs Attorney General of the Federation where the court stated as follows:
“It is not difficult to see that for the effective exercise of the powers of removal of a Chief Judge of a State by the Governor and the House of Assembly, the first PORT OF CALL by the Governor on his journey to remove a Chief Judge of the State SHALL BE National Judicial Council which is equipped with the personnel and resources to investigate the inability of the Chief Judge to discharge the functions of his office, to subject of disciplinary action for removal through the committee of the council.
“This is illegality that is bound to put the State in bad light and could result to dire consequences for the House of Assembly in view of the court order they’ve been called upon to flout,” he stated.
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