Drama in court as purported prosecutor denies filing suit against Salami’s reinstatement

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Updated June 19, 2012
The suspended President of the Court of Appeals, Justice Ayo Salami

A lawyer, Wilfred Okoli has distanced himself from a suit which is seeking to restrain President Goodluck Jonathan from acting on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to reinstate the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami as he told an Abuja Federal High Court that he has no knowledge of the suit filed in his name.

Mr Okoli had at the resumed hearing of the case informed the court that he was not consulted neither was his consent sought before the suit was instituted.

Immediately the court mentioned the case and called the parties in the matter to enter appearances, Mr Okoli got up and said he was not aware of this suit filed in his name.

An Abuja base lawyer, Amobi Nzelu had filed the suit on behalf of Mr Okoli asking the court to stop President Jonathan from acting on the recommendation sent to him by the NJC.

Curiously, Mr Okoli is a counsel in Mr Amobi’s chamber.

Justice Abdul Kafarati however asked Misters Amobi and Okoli to go back home and put their houses in order before September 22.

The court also asked Mr Amobi to ensure the 2nd defendant in the suit, Justice Salami was served and render report of service of the court on the next adjourned date.

The plaintiff Is purportedly asking the court to hold that the NJC cannot deliberate on an issue which is a subject of litigation.

An injunction restraining president Jonathan whether by himself, agents, servants, assigns, privies, or whosoever purporting to act on his behalf from acting on the recommendations

He also asked for a declaration that President Jonathan was not under any constitutional obligation to act upon the recommendation made to him by the NJC asking to reinstate Salami.