As Courts in the country would soon resume for new legal year, a Civil group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State(CSCEOS) 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 Hon. Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of the State High Court, before the
Justice Ibrahim N. Auta led panel.
It would be recalled that the NJC in its 77th meeting, which held on July 15th, 2016, recommended that Honourable Justice Oloyede should be retired compulsorily, for daring to call for through and credible investigation into the alleged criminal mismanagement of Osun State Public funds by Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola between 2011 and 2015 which made the State to be part of the twenty-seven States (27)
that could not pay her workers and retirees alike for period of eight (8) months.
According to the copy of the letter dated 15th August, 2016 with the titled-“Re: NJC vs. Hon. Justice Oloyede Application for CTC of Proceedings and Recommendation” and signed by the group’s Counsel
and rights Activist Lawyer,Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, was directed to the Secretary of the Council and also sent to the outgoing Chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammed Mahmud for his notification and necessary action on the subject matter.
The letter which a copy was made available to newsmen on Sunday, 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, the leader of the group, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman maintained that the leadership and members of the group have 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 were invoked when the purported unsubstantiated offence were committed by the jurist.
CSCEOS boss noted that it has not been in the lexicon of the group to silence in the face of injustice of this nature, describing incorruptible 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 Justice Olamide 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 this battle until it gets justice for the incorruptible Justice Oloyede.