Gov. Bello Calls on Kogi Assembly to Unlawfully Remove the Chief Judge
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has instructed the kogi state House of Assembly to unlawfully removed the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah from office.
It was reliably gathered that the Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole who was instructed by the governor is to mobilised his members today Monday on how to remove the Chief Judge from office on Tuesday.
The sources further mentioned that the governor has also instructed the Speaker to convey the House on Tuesday and then remove the Chief Judge from office.
However, a Senior legal practitioner name withheld who spoke on the plan by the governor, said “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 to the 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 an illegality that is bound to put the State in bad light and could result dire consequences for the House of Assembly in view of the Court order they’ve been called upon to flout,” he stated.