The meeting of the National Judicial Council (NJC) commenced on Tuesday behind schedule over the dispute over who would preside.

The meeting, which was initially scheduled to commence at 10am, dragged till noon over the decision on the chairman ex tempore.

The meeting was called to resolve the leadership crisis in the judicial arm.

Both the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed were absent at the meeting.

Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who is currently the third most senior justice at the supreme court, is not a member of NJC but was invited by the secretary, Ahmad Gambo Saleh.

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Rhodes-Vivour was immediately ushered out politely when he entered the conference room.

Members of the council finally settled for the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa to preside over the meeting.

Journalists, who identified themselves, were barred from the gates of the NJC.

The NJC Director of Information, Soji Oye is expected to release a communique at the end of the meeting.

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