The Chief Justice of the federation (CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has vowed to drag three state chief judges before the National Judicial Council over conflicting ex parte orders made by them.
Mohammad said that the three unidentified Judges who granted conflicting ex parte orders are to appear before the National Judicial Council, to show why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for granting the conflicting orders.
The Chief judges were separately questioned personally by the CJN for over an hour, before reading them the riot act in a joint session involving all of them.
A visibly angry CJN was reported to have stated that “a damage to one jurisdiction is a damage to all.
“We must, therefore, put an end to indiscriminate granting of ex parte orders, conflicting judgements or rulings occasioned by forum-shopping.
“There must be an end to this nonsense. You shall henceforth take absolute charge in assigning cases or matters, especially political ones, personally”.
” Protect the court from lawyers that are out for forum shopping and work in tandem with all their Judges to salvage the image of the Judiciary.
“Stop making newly appointed judicial officers vacation judges and assigning complex cases to inexperienced Judges,” he added.
Justice Tanko Muhammad also disclosed that all Heads of Courts would be invited to a meeting to re-emphasise the need for the judiciary to be circumspect in granting ex parte orders and that he will also meet with the NBA Leadership on the issue.
Justice Tanko Muhammad advised all Heads of Courts to be current on developments in the polity and the Judgments delivered by courts of various jurisdictions, and to urgently issue practice directions to guide judges in their various courts, so as to avoid conflicting decisions.