In a statement issued by the Supreme Court’s spokesperson, the apex court clarified that Justice Ariwoola did not travel to London to meet with Tinubu. Instead, the CJN was on a routine medical check-up in the United Kingdom.
The statement came after reports surfaced online claiming that Justice Ariwoola had met with Tinubu in London to discuss matters related to the judiciary. However, the Supreme Court’s spokesperson dismissed the reports as baseless and unfounded.
The statement read, “The attention of the Supreme Court has been drawn to reports circulating in the media suggesting that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, travelled to London to meet with President-elect Bola Tinubu.
We wish to state categorically that these reports are false and misleading. Justice Ariwoola was in London for a routine medical check-up and did not meet with Tinubu or any other politician.”
The clarification by the Supreme Court has put an end to the speculations surrounding the purported meeting between Justice Ariwoola and Tinubu. It also highlights the importance of fact-checking and verifying information before publishing it.
The independence of the judiciary is crucial to the democratic process, and any attempt to interfere with it must be strongly condemned. It is, therefore, reassuring to know that Justice Ariwoola did not meet with Tinubu or any other politician during his trip to London.
The statement from the Supreme Court also serves as a reminder that public officials, including judges, have the right to seek medical treatment without fear of being accused of impropriety. Judges play a critical role in the administration of justice, and their health and well-being are essential for the effective functioning of the judiciary.
The Supreme Court’s clarification on the purported meeting between Justice Ariwoola and Tinubu has put to rest the speculations and rumors. It is a reminder that we must always verify information before publishing it, and public officials have the right to seek medical treatment without fear of being accused of impropriety.
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