A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Barrister Ahmed Raji has debunked a rumour that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Kayode Ariwoola was sighted in the United Kingdom in a wheelchair, purportedly in a meeting with the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement in Ibadan, Mr Raji explained that Justice Ariwoola went to London on Saturday for his routine medical check-up and returned to Nigeria on Thursday morning.

Barrister Raji described the reports as false and capable of tarnishing the image of the judiciary.

“It is in the news since Tuesday evening that Tinubu was travelling 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 the UK since Saturday to observe his own medical session and just came back today (Thursday) as a meeting?

“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”

Also, a press statement issued by the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Bayo Onanuga on Thursday refuted the report of the clandestine meeting.

He claimed that the President-elect left Nigeria on Tuesday and had not been to London till Thursday when the CJN arrived in Nigeria.

PR/Oluwakayode Banjo

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