The Supreme Court resumed normal duties today without signs betraying an immediate change in its leadership
The court opened for business at its usual time on Monday, while the court’s digital cause list was switched on at a little after 8 am, displaying the about 11 cases scheduled for hearing for the day.
At exactly 9.13am, proceedings commenced in Court One of the Supreme Court, when a five-man panel, led by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad began sitting.
The panel, which included Justices Mary Peter-Odili, Amiru Sanusi, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun and Paul Galinje were hearing cases as at when The Nation left the courtroom at 10am.
The number of people at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was unusually low.
The situation today provided a variant to the usual situation at the tribunal’s sitting venue since the tribunal commenced sitting in the case against the suspended CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen on January 14, 2019.
Today major lawyers for the CJN, like Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), and Aliyu Umar (SAN) for the prosecution were not present as at 11 am, a departure from the situation before now.
The volume of vehicles parked within and around the tribunal’s sitting venue was reduced, leaving vacant space mostly occupied before today.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State governorship election petition tribunal has started the delivery of judgment in the petition by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the last governorship election in Ekiti State.