THE Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, a civil rights organization, has written to the authority of the National Judicial Council, NJC, requesting for the “certified true copies” of the proceedings and recommendation of the Council in the trial of Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of the state high court, before the Justice Ibrahim N. Auta led panel, which recommended Oloyede’s retirement.
According to the copy of the letter dated August 15, 2016 with entitled “Re: NJC vs. Hon. Justice Oloyede Application for CTC of Proceedings and Recommendation,” and signed by Kanmi Ajibola, the group’s counsel, was directed to the secretary of the council and also sent to Justice Muhammed Mahmud, chief justice of Nigeria and the outgoing chairman of the NJC for his notification and necessary action on the subject matter.
The letter which a copy was made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 2, reads in part: “We are Solicitors to the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, that is, our client, as hereinafter referred to in this letter.
“We have instruction of our client to apply for the Certified True Copies of the proceedings and recommendation of the National Judicial Council in the trial of Hon. Justice Olamide Oloyede of the Osun State.
“Our client’s members, that is, Messers. Adeniyi Sulaiman,Olusola Olojede, Ebenezer Oladapo,Olukanni Ayodeji and Bishop Oluseun Adeoye took part in the trial as witnesses. We shall pay any required fees for this purpose.”
Speaking on the development, Sulaiman Adeniyi, leader of the group, said that the leadership and members of the group had resolved to use the due process of the law and the machinery of justice to challenge what it perceived as illegal, unconstitutional and manipulated 2016 Code of Conduct for Judicial official, while the 2014 Code was invoked when the purported unsubstantiated offence was committed by the jurist.
The CSCEOS boss said that it had not been in the lexicon of the group to remain unconcerned in the face of injustice of this nature, describing Oloyede as a epitome of justice, humility, courage, beacon of inspiration, respecter of rule of law and friend of the oppressed.
He then saluted the uncommon courage of Oloyede who sacrificed her comfort of office to give voice to the poor masses of the State, reiterating that the group would use every democratic means to fight for her until justice is attained.
The NJC in its 77th meeting, which held on July 15, recommended that Oloyede should be retired compulsorily, for daring to call for thorough and credible investigation into the alleged criminal mismanagement of Osun State public funds by Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola between 2011 and 2015. She claimed that the mismanagement had led to non-payment of workers and retirees in the state for eight months.
— Oct 3, 2016 @ 18:55 GMT