Justice Tanko Muhammad, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC), has warned judges against conflicting orders.
The warning came during a marathon meeting he had with six chief judges in Abuja on Monday.
Muhammad invited the judges over conflicting ex parte orders
Soji Oye, a spokesperson for the NJC, said in a statement that the meeting kicked off at 11am and lasted through 5:30pm.
He said the Chief Judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory was also present.
The CJN had a one-on-one meeting with Chief Judges of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and then the Chief Judges of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Jigawa, Anambra, and Imo.
“The CJN personally interrogated each of the CJs present for over an hour before reading the riot act to all of them in a joint session,” the statement said.
When one jurisdiction is harmed, all jurisdictions are harmed. Therefore, we must put an end to the indiscriminate granting of ex parte orders, conflicts of judgments, or rulings caused by forum-shopping.
The Head of Court holds a sacred position, which includes taking on other people’s sins vicariously. This nonsense must end.
In the future, you will be responsible for assigning cases and matters, especially political ones. Three judges will set an example, and we will never condone any such act.”
Three judges who granted conflicting ex parte orders have been invited to appear before the NJC.
Oye said disciplinary action must not be taken against them if the identities of those involved are not revealed.