The cold war between the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah took a dangerous dimension on Tuesday, as Judiciary workers in the State vowed to resist planned removal of the CJ from office.
The state Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN) Comrade Emmanuel Waniko during the protest in Lokoja warned the Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole against the plot to illegally and forcefully removed the Chief Judge from office.
The judiciary workers carried various placards with inscription, “Why are you punishing us”, ” Pay us our salary”, “Bello you benefited from judiciary why are you fighting us”.
The chairman noted that the union was forced to make this call at this auspicious time following the reports reaching them on the clandestine moves by governor Yahaya Bello and his directive to the Speaker to disobey the subsisting order given on 13th December, 2018 by the High Court of Kogi State Koton-Karfe division, asking the state Assembly to stay action on the ongoing impasse between the executive and judiciary arm of Kogi State.
Speaking further he said , ” 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 fost another crisis on the state through this proposed illegal removal of the Chief Judge.
The Union said that the executive arm of kogi state must be told that JUSUN is resolute in their effort to right the wrongs being perpetuated in the state by state government .
He called on the state Assembly to steer clear of this crisis and should rather use its constitutional authority to bring sanity to the state by calling the governor to order.
” 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.
It was reliably gathered that Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello over the weekend allegedly instructed the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole to unlawfully removed the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasiru Ajanah from office.
According to the source, the Speaker was also instructed by the governor to mobilized his members on Monday to ensure the removal of the Chief Judge from office on Tuesday.
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