Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Chief Justice of Osun State, Justice, Adepele Ojo has dragged the State Governor, Ademola Adeleke before the National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan over alleged plan to remove her as the Chief Judge of the state.
Joined in the suit were the State Attorney General, Osun State Judicial Service Commission and the State Accountant General.
A Coalition of civil society organisations in Osun State had on Wednesday, accused Adeleke of plotting to remove the Chief Judge, by allegedly submitting a petition against the judge to the National Judicial Council.
Addressing journalists in Osogbo on behalf of the group, Mr Ayo Ologun, claimed that the initial plan of the governor was to remove the Chief Judge through a motion by the House of Assembly, but the plan was allegedly dropped for the option of dragging the CJ before the NJC.
Ologun said the group had written a counter-petition to NJC, warning that any attempt by public office holders to disregard the rule of law would be resisted.
However, in the motion dated 15th November, 2023, a copy obtained by journalists in Osogbo yesterday, the plaintiff is seeking “an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants by themselves or their agents or privies, however so called from interfering with, removing, reversing or terminating the appointment and conditions of service of the claimant as the Chief Judge of Osun State, including but not limited to salaries and other pecuniary benefits, pending the determination of the interlocutory application.
“An order of mandating the 4th defendant to continue to pay the salary, entitlements, emoluments, remuneration and other benefits and moneys the claimant is entitled to as the Chief Judge of Osun State pending the determination of the interlocutory application.”
The court after hearing the application, ordered, “an order of interim injunction is issued restraining the Defendants by themselves or their agents or previews howsoever so-called from interfering with removing, reversing or terminating the appointment and conditions of service of the Applicant as the as the Hon. Chief Judge of Osun State including but not limited to salaries and other pecuniary benefits pending the determination of the interlocutory application.
“An order is here issued mandating the 4th Defendant to continue to pay the salary, entitlements, emoluments and other benefits and moneys the Applicant is entitled to as the Hon. Chief Judge of Osun State pending the determination of the interlocutory application.
“Taking cognisance of the gender of the Applicant as a wife, a mother and a grandmother, the 1” Defendant as the Chief Security Officer of Osun State with keys to all security apparatus is ordered and directed to ensure adequate protection to the Applicant from all forms of harassment and from all quarters pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons.
“Finally, it was directed that the 2 Defendant as the Chief Law Officer of Osun State will appropriately Defendants in general and the 1″ Defendant in particular on the imperative of complying fully with the orders of this court.”
The case was adjourned till December 12, 2023