Panel Dismisses Judge’s Petition Against Aregbesola, Recommends Disciplinary Action

Justice-Folahanmi-Oloyede-and-Ogbeni-Rauf-AregbesolaThe Osun State House of Assembly panel, which investigated the petition written against Governor Rauf Aregbesola by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, has recommended disciplinary action against her by the State Judicial Service Commission.

Chairman of the panel, Mr. Adegboye Akintunde, who presented the report at the plenary sitting of the Assembly on Wednesday, said the allegations of corruption contained in the petition were based on rumour and hearsay.

The panel stated in its report presented before the state lawmakers that Justice Oloyede violated the code of conduct of judicial officers, which forbade them from speaking publicly on issues.

Being a serving judge in the state judiciary, the panel noted that Oloyede was unqualified to forward the petition to the Assembly in the first place.

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Despite this error, the panel said the House accepted the petition and acted on it but added that when the judge was called upon to appear personally before them to substantiate the allegations, she abandoned her petition.

They stated that although Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN) represented the judge before the panel, the lawyer also did not substantiate the allegations of corruption against the governor with any concrete evidence.

The petitioner had accused the governor of corruption and financial recklessness, and called on the state lawmakers to commence impeachment proceedings against him.

The House adopted the report following the motions seeking for the adoption of same by all the lawmakers who spoke on it.


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