Retired Judge Who Called For Aregbesola’s Impeachment, Says No Regrets

Justice-Folahanmi-Oloyede-and-Ogbeni-Rauf-AregbesolaA retired judge of the Osun State High Court, Justice Olamide Oloyede, on Monday said she has no regret over her petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye Tomori in which she called for their impeachment.

The retired judge had last year raised some dust when she petitioned the Osun House of Assembly, accusing Aregebsola and Tomori of mismanaging the resources of the state and called for their impeachment.

The petition, which was condemned by the state government but hailed by some Osun citizens including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, eventually led to the compulsory retirement of Justice Oloyede by the National Judicial Council, (NJC).

Speaking live on RAVE FM during a popular morning show, ‘Frank Talk’ anchored by Femi Olanipekun, the retired judge, however, apologized to the governor and his deputy for the use of some words considered as inappropriate in her petition.

While reacting to the recent sting operation by the Department of State Services targeting some alleged corrupt judges, Oloyede stated that the NJC is saddled with the responsibility of probing judicial officers involved in any criminal act before being treated as suspects.

Justice Oloyede also asserted that judicial officers in the country are not adequately empowered to carry out their duties effectively as she strongly advocated for the equal treatment of the judiciary and other arms of government which according to her, is the only way in which the rule of law can prevail in the country.

Without ruling out the possibility that the judges involved in the clamp down could be guilty, the retired Osun High Court judge stated that the stipulations of the constitution must be followed.