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Nigerian Army denies plot to evict Kogi chief judge as state assembly recommends his removal

Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello

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Nigerian Army denies plot to evict Kogi chief judge as state assembly recommends his removal

The Nigerian Army has said it is not involved and will not get involved in the alleged conflict between the Executive and Judiciary in Kogi State.

The army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa in a statement on Tuesday, said the army had received the report of a purported plan to use “soldiers to remove the Kogi Chief Judge from his official residence.” However, the Army “will not contemplate interfering under any guise in the internal executive and judiciary conflict in Kogi or any other state for that matter.”

“The Army Headquarters has already directed and warned the Commander in the State to stay clear of this conflict (not to interfere under any guise),” the statement said.

Meanwhile the Kogi State House of Assembly has recommended the removal of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, for alleged gross misconduct.

  • The recommendation followed the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House committee on public account which indicted the Kogi State High Court and Kogi Hajj Commission of financial breaches.
  • The House also said that the Chief Judge could step aside to defend himself over the indictment by auditor-general of the state.

Backstory: Judiciary workers in the state have been on strike for the past four months over non payment of salaries by the Governor Yahaya Bello administration. They embarked on a protest on Monday when news surfaced that the governor had asked the state assembly to move against the chief judge.

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