SAD: Gov. Bello Walks Out Kogi CJ From a Function
The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Tuesday walked out the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah from an official function. The incident occurred at Government House Lokoja during the swearing-in ceremony of new a Grand Kadi for the state.
The function was attended by top government officials and others from the Judiciary.
The Chief Judge who was officially invited through a letter from the Government House arrived early enough and was seated on the high table awaiting the arrival of the Governor.
However, some few minutes before the arrival of the Governor, the Chief Security Officer to the Governor approached the Chief Judge and informed him that the Governor gave a directive that he should not be allowed to attend the function.
The Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, then quietly left Government House and went back to his office to avoid any problem.
It is the traditional function of the Chief Judge of a state to introduce the appointee by reading his profile to the members of the public. This function was hijacked by the Attorney-General of the State, Ibrahim Sani Muhammed, SAN.
NJC DELAY BLAMED FOR PROLONGED CRISIS
Observers of events of the lingering impasse between the Executive and Judicial arms of the Government of Kogi State saw this episode as one act of meanness carried too far. They attributed this to the prolonged delay of the National Judicial Council (NJC), to act on the Governor’s petition against the CJ before it, submitted since December, 2018. They wondered why the NJC has failed to take a decisive position over the matter, thereby giving room for the excesses of the Governor.
JUDICIARY STAFF OWED ELEVEN MONTHS SALARY
Meanwhile, after suspending its 5- month old strike action, staff of the Judiciary of Kogi State are yet to get any salary. As the Face-off between the Executive and the Judiciary of the state lingers on, the subvention/salary for any month out the eleven months being owed, is yet to be paid, four weeks after the suspension of the strike action.
Consequently , some Kogi Elders met with the Secretary to Kogi State Government, (SSG) Dr. Mrs Folashade Arike on Monday for a dialogue. According to the elders, it was agreed that government will pay salaries for 5 months by cheque during the biometric data capturing, but JUSUN is demanding for payment of one month salary first, to get the staff prepared for the exercise.
“We agree with JUSUN and request that government pays the one month subvention so that data capturing could proceed accordingly”, the Elders stated.
However, the SSG stated that she had no mandate to authorize one month payment of subvention before data capturing, except the Governor. The SSG is to book appointment for the Elders’ with the Governor to enable them impress on him to pay one month subvention to enable the staff of the Judiciary prepare for biometric data capturing for the balance of the salary arrears.
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