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Court dismisses suit against reinstatement of Justice Salami

Channels Television  
Updated May 31, 2012

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed a suit challenging the reinstatement of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami, for lacking in merit.

A lawyer, Noah Ajare, sued the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Judicial Stakeholders Review Committee chaired by former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Mohammed Uwais over the recommendation to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Dahiru Musdapher, to reinstate Justice Salami.

He asked the court to restrain the NJC from deliberating on the said recommendation.

He also prayed for an order of interim injunction restraining the council and the panel from further holding meetings, discussion and all recommendations for the reinstatement of Justice Salami, pending the hearing of the substantive matter.

Ruling on the suit against the NJC and the Uwais Committee, Justice Abdul Kafarati said the Plaintiff has no locus standi to initiate the action.
Mr Ajare had relied on his membership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to file the suit.

But the Judge said “with due respect, that alone cannot confer locus” on him. “He can only have locus if he can show special interest over and above others or show that his interest will be adversely affected.”

Describing the plaintiff as a busy-body, the court held that the NJC needs no interference of his to resolve its issues.

“The issue of reinstatement of Justice Salami can be decided without the presence of the Plaintiff. To me, the Plaintiff has no work to do; he has no work to do.”

“The second Defendant (Uwais Reform Committee) is not a legal person. The committee, having been dissolved and not being a creation of the law, the name is hereby struck out from the suit. The case lacks merit; it is accordingly dismissed.”