Federal High Court Restrains Ondo State Government From Investigating State’s CJ
The Ondo State Government has been restrained by the Federal High Court Abuja, from investigating the state’s Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu over a viral video made by a citizen of the state, Olupelumi Fagboyegun.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who gave the order on Thursday June 17, while delivering a judgment in the suit brought by the CJ against the Governor of the state. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and others, described the move to probe the embattled judge as “unconstitutional and illegal.”
Fagboyegun, who claimed to be a stepbrother to the state’s chief judge, in the viral video, had alleged that Justice Oluwatoyin instigated his detention for three years for going to their father’s house and the state government, through the Attorney General, had ordered for Justice Akeredolu’s investigation.
However, the judge had filed a suit challenging the action of the state government.
While the chief judge is the plaintiff, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the National Judicial Council (NJC), Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Attorney General (AG), the state’s House of Assembly and the Inspector General of Police are 1st to 6th defendants respectively in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2016/2021.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since the case began, the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th defendants had not been represented in court.