The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko has summoned six Chief Judges in the country over conflicting court orders emanating from their states in the last one month.
The CJN, who is the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC, issued the summons to the Chief Judges in Abuja on Monday.
Mr Tanko summoned Chief Judges of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa and Imo states.
A part of the invitation letter, obtained by The Channels, read: “My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of coordinate jurisdictions were granting conflicting exparte orders on the same subject matter.
“It has become expedient for me to invite you for a detailed briefing on the development. This is even more compelling having regard to an earlier NJC warning to judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in grating exparte applications,” the letter reads.
Channels Television also gathered that the meeting between the CJN and the Heads of Courts concerned is a prelude to a larger NJC meeting likely to hold next week.
The leadership of the judiciary is said to be embarrassed at the recent developments and the meeting is part of measures to stem the tide and to be seized of the facts before the larger council deliberation.