CJ warns judges against granting ex-parte orders in political matters

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By Innocent Anaba

Apparently anxious by pace and frequency with which judges of the Federal High Court grant ex-parte orders in favour of politicians, the Chief Judge of the courtroom, Justice John Tsoho has “strongly advised” all of the judges of the courtroom to desist from granting ex parte orders in political issues.

Justice Tsoho additionally suggested the judges to not entertain issues which substance arose from outdoors their judicial divisions.

There are 36 divisions of the courtroom, manned by 79 judges, in accordance with courtroom’s official web site.

The CJ gave the admonition in a June 24, 2020, round entitled “Grant of Ex Parte orders and Hearing of cases from outside immediate territorial jurisdiction.”

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The letter referred the judges to a different round of August 6, 2018,  issued by his predecessor, Justice Abdul Kafarati, “which still applies.”

Tsoho warned the judges to watch out for “political manoeuvring” which was on the rise as a prelude to celebration conventions, primaries and elections in some states.

“It is of widespread data that elections can be held in some states in Nigeria within the nearest future. The regular celebration conventions and primaries with attendant political manoeuvring have already commenced amongst numerous political events, which fairly often culminate within the establishment of circumstances within the courts.

“In this regard, Your Lordships are strongly suggested to not grant ex-parte injunctive orders in any political matter introduced earlier than Your Lordships.

“Furthermore, Your Lordships are equally advised not to entertain matters of which the course of action had arisen from outside your Judicial Divisions,” the Chief Judge stated.


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