- Decries plot to remove Kogi state Chief Judge
As the conspiracy to remove the Kogi State Chief Judge thickens, a civil rights group, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, has called on Nigerians to resist the illegality.
The group also warned the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to be prepared for the consequences of undermining the judiciary.
They further described the executive-induced plot to remove the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, as “an evil agenda to subjugate the judiciary and finally enslave the good people of Kogi State.”
A statement issued by its Convener, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, read: “You should remember that your administration and that of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will not last forever.
“We must do everything lawful and democratic to prevent the budding tyrant in Kogi from subverting the judiciary, and we must rise in defence of the Justice Ajana, the state chief judge and prevent another Onnoghen scenario.
“Yahaya Bello must be reminded that he was an ordinary civilian before he became a privileged politician, and we want to quickly also tell him that he will leave the office one day, and return as an ordinary civilian, and he will be hunted by his planted deeds.
“Immunity is not forever, and no matter how long it may take, what goes around will surely come around, but before Yahaya Bello faces the future, it is our collective responsibility to resist this rising unconscionable attempt by the executive to destroy the judiciary.”
The coalition also condemned the State’s House of Assembly for conniving with the governor to execute this “devious plot,” describing the legislators as “a disgrace and a threat to democracy.”
They described the action of the lawmakers as “an exercise in futility,” because the National Judicial Council (NJC), must first act in any allegation against a judge before other processes will follow.