The Chief Justice of Nigeria Olukayode Ariwoola, has been sighted in London while meeting secretly with the president-elect Bola Tinubu.
Reports have it that Justice Ariwoola, disguised as a physically-challenged old man.
According to The Gazette, Mr. Ariwoola’s movement was exposed as Mr. Tinubu was arriving in London for what his team claimed was a relaxation trip after a hectic campaign that preceded his declaration as Nigeria’s president-elect last month. But Mr. Tinubu kept his trip to London secret until it was exposed on Wednesday afternoon by Sahara Reporters, which said the trip was a medical emergency.
Also, it was learned that Ariwoola departed Nigeria on March 11 via Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. He was pushed in a wheelchair through the terminals to board a British Airways flight.
Upon arrival in London, the 64-year-old was also wheeled into a hotel downtown, where he has remained ever since. But immediately after checking into the hotel, Mr. Ariwoola abandoned his wheelchair and started moving around the facility unaided. The Supreme Court head is not known with any physical disabilities.
“He has been moving about in the hotel without any wheelchair,” a source familiar with the CJN’s activities at the London accommodation told The Gazette. “He was standing on his own in the elevator just yesterday.”
The newsmen reported that Mr. Ariwoola repeatedly picked up food ordered via delivery services at a mid-level lobby, including Uber Eats and Deliveroo. It was unclear whether or not he placed the orders by himself or how he paid.
With Mr Tinubu now in Europe, he would be meeting Mr Ariwoola in a secret arrangement to discuss issues unknown to Nigerians, the sources said.