The Kogi State Judiciary on Monday sued the House of Assembly at the state High Court sitting in Koton-Karfe to seek the nullification of the April 2 resolution recommending the removal of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah.
The House of Assembly had recommended the removal of the Chief Judge over allegation of gross misconduct.
The motion seeking the nullification was filed by Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), who is leading 11 other lawyers including five Senior Advocates of Nigeria, on behalf of the applicants, Justice Ajanah and the Chief Registrar of the state high court, Alhaji Yahaya Adamu.
Joined as respondents in the motion are the Kogi State House of Assembly; its Speaker, Bello Abdullahi; the chairman, House adhoc committee on judiciary; Kogi State Governor and the Attorney General of Kogi State.
The plaintiffs said the lawmakers decision to remove Ajanah was made in defiance to a suit and an interim order made by the court.
They prayed for an order nullifying the resolution purportedly passed by the House at its plenary of April 2, in defiance of the pending suit.
Awomolo stated that the action of the lawmakers amounted to self-help, adding that they disparaged the court because there was a pending suit on the subject matter.
In a 15-paragraph affidavit the Chief Registrar, Adamu deposed to, he claimed the court had on December 12, 2018 restrained the defendants from interfering in the way the Chief Judge and the Chief Registrar discharge their duties.