Court Throws Out Suit Seeking To Stop Confirmation Of Tanko Muhammad As CJN

Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad.

BEVERLY HILLS, July 12, (THEWILL) – A Federal High Court in Abuja has trashed a suit challenging Justice Tanko Muhammad’s competence to hold the office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The Presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo made his judgement on the grounds that the plaintiff, Malcolm Omirhobo Foundation, lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.

Justice Ekwo also held that the group does not have the power to engage in the public interest litigation which it claimed to be undertaking by filing the action.

The judge ruled that contrary to the claim of the plaintiff to be a non-governmental organisation, there is no legislation in Nigeria permitting the registration of any group as such and no group registered under the Part C of the company could engage in such litigation.

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