Exclusive: Kogi CJ Removal: Court reserves Ruling indefinitely as Police withdraws all Security

The Kogi State High Court sitting in Kotonkarfe, has reserved ruling indefinitely in an interlocutory application filed by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah to challenge the resolution of the Kogi State House of Assembly recommending him for removal. At the hearing of the application on Friday, learned counsel for both parties proferred their arguments for and against the application. Mr Lawal Rabana, SAN, led three other Senior Advocates for the the applicants, while Mr. Saleh Sule represented the respondents.

Upon hearing the arguments of counsel, the Presiding Judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye stood down the case for two hours for ruling. While the Judge was writing his ruling in his chambers, a senior police officer announced that there was an order from above that all security personnel on duty in the court be withdrawn forthwith. Immediately after the announcement, all well-armed policemen protecting the court and its premises, numbering up to twelve, left the court.

When the information got to the Judge through the Registrar of the court, he invited lawyers in the case into his chambers and announced that the ruling would be reserved sine die, for security reasons.

It will be recalled that at its sitting on 2nd April, 2019, the Kogi State House of Assembly recommended the removal of the Chief Judge of Kogi State for gross misconduct. The resolution also recommended the Chief Registrar of the High Court, Alhaji Yahaya Adamu, for disciplinary action.

Meanwhile, there are indications that the efforts of the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to remove the State Chief Judge Justice Ajanah, are being frustrated, as no judge in the state has indicated any interest in the job. Barrister.com authoritatively learnt that all the senior judges so far approached by the government have turned down the offer. The government is, therefore, being faced with serious embarrassment and confusion on what step to take next. It is also on record that the government is owing the Judiciary subventions for ten months now.

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