The Supreme Court on Friday distanced the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, from a purported meeting with the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, in London.
Numerous reports (excluding The PUNCH) circulated alleging that the CJN and President-elect met in London. These reports claimed that the CJN disguised himself in a wheelchair and was transported onto the plane to London. However, the spokesperson for the Supreme Court, Festus Akande, dismissed these reports as untrue on Friday. Akande clarified that while the CJN had traveled abroad, it was solely for medical reasons and not for a meeting with the president-elect.
Akande informed Premium Times that the CJN was present in Nigeria and chaired the National Judicial Council (NJC) meetings on March 16 and 17.
Akande explained that the CJN only travelled out of Nigeria briefly to London on 18 March for medical care.
According to him, the CJN was accompanied by NJC’s Secretary, Gambo Saleh.
According to Akande, "The CJN came back from his medical journey to London on March 23 and resumed work at the office in Abuja until 8 p.m. that day." He also stated, "The CJN had only traveled once earlier this year, on January 25, for the Lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia. He returned on January 29, 2023.
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Source: Punch Newspaper
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