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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday rebuked Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) for its roles in the feud between suspended President of Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami and Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu.
President Comrade Abdulwahed Omar in a statement in Abuja yesterday said the manner the President and the NJC treated the issue was capable of eroding people’s confidence in the Judiciary.
The NLC described the NJC position on the matter as questionable saying it left much to be desired.
He said: “We are of the view that steps taken by the NJC in the storm between the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal leaves much to be desired. Its activities have not only been questionable, but have impertinently brought the Judiciary to ridicule, and being the bastion of justice in the land, let the nation down.
“We strongly call on the Federal Government to take a second look at its decision on the recommendations of the NJC, with a view to retracing its steps and allowing due process of law to run its full course in the citadel of justice, let justice prevail!”
The statement added: “We are surprised that rather than seek an agreeable solution to the crisis, a venerable judicial institution as the NJC has become the problem. It did not only attempt to evade being served court papers, but in the face of a court process by Justice Salami challenging its actions, still submitted its recommendations of suspension and retirement of the President of the Court of Appeal to the President.
“More astounding has been the speed at accepting the suspension of Mr. Salami by President Jonathan and appointing an Acting President of the Appeal Court despite the case being in court.” (The Nation)