CJN Tanko In Trouble As Supreme Court Justices Fire CJN, Tanko Mohammed In Leaked Explosive Memo (Letter Attached)
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CJN Tanko In Trouble As Supreme Court Justices Fire CJN, Tanko Mohammed In Leaked Explosive Memo (Letter Attached)

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CJN Tanko In Trouble As Supreme Court Justices Fire CJN, Tanko Mohammed In Leaked Explosive Memo (Letter Attached)

The Chief Judge of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, has been chastised by the Supreme Court of Nigeria for his treatment of the judiciary and its members.

The judges claimed in a leaked document that the judiciary’s budget had not been increased in the last four years.



The Apex Court judges indicated that they opted to write Justice Tanko in order to maintain the judiciary’s dignity.

The letter obtained by Peoples Gazette said: “We are serving this Country diligently and to the best of our ability. We resolve disputes between the Executive and the Legislature including all manner of disagreements, between governments and individuals…It would be a tragedy if the Nigerian Public were to know that we are unable to resolve our own problems internally without going public.

“The decision to write to you formally must be seen by Your Lordship as an effort on our part to preserve the dignity of the Judiciary and the respect accorded to us by Governments and people of Nigeria.”

The judges raise concerns about a prospective court shutdown, citing a failure to repair old cars, housing issues, poor healthcare services at the Supreme Court clinic, and a lack of electrical supply to the Supreme Court.

Due to a scarcity of fuel, an internal note from the Chief Registrar informed judges that electricity will be provided to the court between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. everyday.

“The implication of this memo is that the Justices must finish their work and close before 4pm. Your Lordship with all due respect, this is the peak of the degeneration of the Court; it is the height of decadence, and clear evidence of the absence of probity and moral rectitude,” the justices wrote.

“Your Lordship, this act alone portends imminent danger to the survival of this Court and the Judiciary as an institution, which is gradually drifting to extinction.”

The judges also highlighted concerns about the non-signing of updated Court Rules, the abrupt halt of international seminars and training for justices on a yearly basis, and the lack of experienced legal assistants.

According to sources, there was a fight over the judges’ letter, which was sent in early June.

Justice Tanko’s spokesman, Ahuraka Isa, said the Chief Judge had addressed the points stated in the document in his response to the letter.

He said: “The memo written by the Supreme Court justices to the CJN complaining of their poor state of warfare was earlier expressed during their quarterly meeting held in March this year.

“The CJN was attending to the complaints before his colleagues decided to reduce the complaints into writing. They have been settled now and the apex court bench is calm.

“CJN is not the cause of Supreme Court justices’ financial woes but a collective woeful working condition. The CJN does not close from work till sometimes 7 to 8 pm. Meanwhile, most of the judges’ complaints have been attended to or have received adequate attention as they were made to know during their meeting with Justice Bage.”

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