Civil Group Writes Buhari, NASS, Others over Compulsory Retirement of Judge

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BARELY two months after the National Judicial Council, NJC, recommended the compulsory retirement of Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of the Osun State High Court, for daring to write a petition to the State House of Assembly calling for thorough and credible investigation into the alleged criminal mismanagement of State  public funds Governor Rauf Aregbesola, a civil society group has written to President Muhammadu Buhari calling for independent investigation by the Presidency into the matter.

The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, made the call in the same letter to the leadership of the National Assembly, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, among others to conduct thorough and unbiased credible inquiry on this matter of national importance.

The group also sought for the intervention of eminent Nigerians in the injustice meted out to the judge, saying that the NJC decision would not survive the test of the time while adding that the group had concluded arrangement to deploy all democratic means as a veritable tool to attain justice on the mind boggling issue.

It, therefore, demanded that Buhari should set up an independent panel of inquiry with international standard to investigate the rationale behind the sudden “change of Code of Conduct for Judicial officers”, after the proceedings of Justice Auta’s Panel in 2016 when the 2014 Code of Conduct for judicial officers were still subsisting, saying that this was where it suspected foul play against Oloyede.

Besides, the group said that it would not accept any verdict from the NJC with the new rule used to remove Oloyede from the bench, describing it as illegal, unconstitutional, barbaric, undemocratic, evil and ungodly.

The petition letter dated Thursday September, 15, 2016, titled, “Reports of miscarriage of justice against the courageous and incorruptible onourable Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of Osun State High Court by the National Judicial Council (NJC). Why CSCEOS is calling for thorough, credible, independent and unbiased investigation by President Muhammadu Buhari,” was signed by Alimi Sulaiman Adeniyi, its and Sola Olojede, assistant general secretary, respectively.

In the petition, the CSCEOS stated that as a responsive and responsible Civil Society Organisation, CSO, in the land, it took the organisation some time to analyse, investigate and authenticate the facts at its disposals on the matter before commencing  the current action to seek redress on the subject matter, declaring that no amount of intimidation from  Aregbesola and his cronies, would stop the group in its quest for just and prosperous Osun State.

The group similarly alleged: “We will like to also inform your humble self that there are few elements who are working round the clock to ensure that your administration will be seen as a government which does not respect the rules of the land, opinion of whistle blowers and lawless government before the local and international community”.

—  Sep 27, 2016 @ 19:20 GMT

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