Supreme Court Denies Chief Justice’s Alleged Meeting with Tinubu in London

Supreme Court Refutes Rumors of Secret Meeting Between Chief Justice and President-elect

Supreme Court Denies Chief Justice's Alleged Meeting with Tinubu in London
CJN Ariwoola accompanied with aides and security

The Supreme Court of Nigeria dismissed rumors on Friday that Chief Justice Olukayode Ariwoola secretly met with President-elect Bola Tinubu in London. Various reports had claimed that Ariwoola disguised himself in a wheelchair and traveled to London for the meeting.

Supreme Court spokesperson Festus Akande refuted these claims, stating that Ariwoola’s trip was for medical reasons and not for any meeting with the president-elect. Akande confirmed to Premium Times that the Chief Justice had been in Nigeria, presiding over National Judicial Council (NJC) meetings on March 16 and 17.

Supreme Court Denies Chief Justice's Alleged Meeting with Tinubu in London

Akande elaborated that Ariwoola only left Nigeria for London on March 18 to seek medical care, accompanied by NJC Secretary Gambo Saleh. The Chief Justice returned from London on March 23 and resumed work at his office in Abuja, where he remained until 8 p.m.

Furthermore, Akande clarified that Ariwoola’s only other trip this year occurred on January 25 when he traveled to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj, returning on January 29, 2023.

On Friday, photos of the Chief Justice appeared online, showing him dressed in Ankara print and a matching cap. Ariwoola was reportedly attending Jumat prayers in Abuja.

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