Nigerian youths representing various political parties have called upon the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and the National Judicial Council (NJC) to consider relocating the Kano Division of the Court of Appeal handling the governorship election case to Abuja. This plea comes in response to growing concerns about alleged intimidation of members of the Kano state governorship election petitions tribunal.
Under the banner of “Stand Up Nigeria,” these youths expressed strong condemnation for what they perceive as efforts to exert undue influence on the tribunal’s outcome in favor of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Particularly troubling were recent remarks made by a political group, warning that Kano could witness a situation similar to what has unfolded in Zamfara if these allegations of federal interference are not addressed promptly.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja, Patriot Sunday Attah, the national coordinator of the group, emphasized the urgency of the situation. He insisted that Kano should not descend into a state of unrest akin to Zamfara or Borno. “Kano state will not become like Zamfara neither will it become another Borno. There will be no war in Kano,” he affirmed.
Addressing concerns about the safety of the justices presiding over election cases nationwide, Attah stressed that these justices are not impervious to threats and violence. He called upon the Nigerian government to take responsibility for ensuring their protection. Attah emphasized that “it is he who is alive that can deliver judgment,” underscoring the paramount importance of safeguarding the lives of the judges.
To create a conducive and secure environment for the judges to dispense justice without fear or favor, the group advocated for the relocation of such panels to Abuja. Attah described the nation’s capital as a safe haven, asserting that “nobody can come and misbehave in Abuja.” Therefore, the NJC is urged to swiftly respond to any perceived threats or toxicity in states, taking immediate steps to relocate the judges to Abuja.
The appeal from Nigerian youths underscores the significance of preserving the integrity and impartiality of the country’s judicial system, especially in the context of highly sensitive election cases.
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