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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has accused the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) of carrying out a hatchet job by suspending the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Ayo Salami.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said having had more time to study the NJC’s decision, it was left with no choice but to conclude that the NJC embarked on a hatchet job.

It said the conclusion was reinforced by three key issues: evasion of service, smuggling of the issue into the agenda of the last NJC meeting and the fact that the council simply overreached itself, and wondered why a body established to be the custodian of the rule of law and judicial tenets would ignore the fundamentals of the rule of law in arriving at the decision to suspend Justice Salami.

ACN described as specious the NJC’s argument that it evaded being served the court summons by Justice Salami’s lawyers because the documents were not signed and dated, saying the NJC should know that it is for the court, not the council, to determine which writ is effective or not.

“To us as a party, the most egregious of the faux pas committed by the NJC in the Justice Salami’s case is the evasion of service. This is the height of lawlessness and judicial rascality.

Can an individual do that and escape punishment? Can any member of the NJC pretend not to know that Salami has gone to court over this issue?

 

Nigerian Tribune


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