Army Distances Self from Executive, Judiciary Conflict in Kogi

The Nigerian Army has distanced itself from the alleged conflict between the executive and judiciary in Kogi State.

The army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Tuesday, said the army has received report of a purported plan to use “soldiers to eject the Kogi Chief Judge from his official residence”.

He said the army, under the leadership of Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai “will not contemplate interfering under any guise in the internal executive and judiciary conflict in Kogi or any other state for that matter”.

Musa said the army headquarters had directed and warned the commander in the state to steer clear of the conflict and “not to interfere under any guise”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Kogi chapter on Monday cautioned the state House of Assembly against being used by the executive to illegally and forcefully remove the state Chief Judge, Nasir Ajanah.

The JUSUN state chairman, Emmanuel Waniko, made the call at a news conference at the end of a peaceful protest by members of the union on Monday in Lokoja, the state capital.

Waniko said the union had uncovered clandestine moves by the state government with a directive to the assembly to forcefully remove the chief judge at Tuesday’s plenary of the House.

“We are forced to make this call at this auspicious time following reports reaching us on the clandestine moves by Governor Yahaya Bello, and his directive to the Speaker Matthew Kolawole,’’ Waniko said.

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