By Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja


There was drama at the Federal High Court, Abuja yesterday in a suit seeking to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from reinstating the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami.

Justice Salami.

A lawyer, Wilfred Okoli,  denied knowledge of the suit filed in his name by an Abuja lawyer, Amobi Nzelu.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) on May 10 recommended the reinstatement of Justice Salami.

Nzelu, in the suit filed on behalf of Okoli, is asking the court to stop Dr. Jonathan from acting on the recommendation sent to him by the NJC.

The defendants are the NJC, Justice Salami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Dr. Jonathan.

When the case was called yesterday, Okoli, who is listed as the sole plaintiff, promptly denied the suit.

He said: “My lord, I am not aware of this suit. My consent was never sought before it was brought before you. I have no knowledge of it, my lord.’’

Amazed by the development, Justice Abdul Kafarati asked the purported plaintiff and his lawyer to go and sort out their disagreement. He adjourned the matter till September 25.

The court also asked Amobi to serve the second defendant (Justice Salami) before the next sitting.

The plaintiff is asking the court to hold that NJC can not deliberate on an issue which is a subject of litigation, among others.


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