‘CJN Went to London for Medical Reasons’ – SAN


Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) has cleared the air on the controversy trailing an alleged meeting between Justice Ariwoola and President-elect, Senator Bola Tinubu. The senior lawyer,  said the Justice Ariwoola was in London solely for medical reasons.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has reportedly returned to Nigeria  after the medical trip to London.

According to a Nigerian Tribune report, Raji stated that the alleged meeting between Tinubu and Ariwoola is false and aimed at tarnishing the image of the apex court.

He stated that Justice Ariwoola travelled to London on Saturday for his routine medical check-up and returned to Nigeria on Thursday morning.

Media reports on Wednesday indicated that Tinubu left Nigeria for France and would depart France to London and Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj.

Also, a Press Statement issued by the Director, Media, and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, refuted the report of any clandestine meeting between the duo.

In his statement, Raji said the report was another malicious attempt by some individuals to tarnish the image of the Supreme Court and the CJN after they had made attempts at attaching his name to some political parties to preempt outcomes of the legal tussles before the apex court.

“It is in the news since Tuesday evening that Tinubu was traveling to Europe for medical reasons as well as for lesser hajj, further reports indicated that he is in France to meet with his medical doctor, why would somebody now link that to the CJN that has left Nigeria for UK since Saturday to observe his own medical session and just came back today (Thursday) as meeting?

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“Our politicians need to allow due process to take control, election matters are in the law courts, but that does not mean that the law Lords will not live their normal lives as human beings. Tinubu is in France and the CJN was in London. Where is the contact?” he asked.


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