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Management of the Ogun state judiciary has refuted an online report claiming that two of its staff were brought before a court and convicted in Lagos state.
The refuter which was signed by the Chief Registrar of the state judiciary, Mrs Oluwafunmilayo Stanley, described the Online report (not PLATFORM TIMES) as an attempt to tarnish the good image of the state judiciary.
The report which was traced to one Com. Adebiyi Sulaiman of a Human right body was described as fake and unfounded.
Although, the management agreed that two of its staff were invited by the Zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (ZCIID), Onikan, Lagos but explained that the intelligent department has been advised to redirect the letter to the office of the Chief Registrar, High Court, Isabo, in Ogun state.
The refuter reads below,” Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious and malicious publication making round on the Online media credited to one Com. Adeniyi Sulaiman A.K.A Revolutionary Alfa, Chairman of the Centre for Human Right and Social Justice (CHRSJ) on the alleged arrest, detention and arraignment of two (2) of Ogun State Judiciary staff, Alh. Chief Bidemi Mulero, President of the Customary Grade 11, Imasayi (formerly Grade 1) and one of the members of the Court, Hon. Yahaya
“We wish to categorically state that this is a calculated attempt to tarnish the good image of Ogun State Judiciary because all the allegations levelled against our staff and indirectly, Ogun State Judiciary are unfounded.
“At no point in time was any of our staff arrested, detained or arraigned before any court be it in Lagos or Ogun State in respect of the Suit No. IMS/1/2017.
Though, it is true that letters of invitation with reference number: AB: 30150/ZNZ/CIID/Legal vol 35/388 and A.B. 3000/ZBZ/CIID/Legal/Vol. 35/393 and dated 11th February 2019 were written to our staff, Alh. Bidemi Mulero and Hon.
“Yahaya Ogundare by the Zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (ZCIID), Onikan, Lagos.
” However, the ZCIID was advised to redirect the letters to the appropriate quarters i.e. Office of the Chief Registrar, High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta. This simple advice shows that Ogun State Judiciary is not averse to an invitation by the police but that due process must be followed; up till now, the ZCIID is yet to heed the advice.
It is noteworthy that the Ogun State Customary Court Law as amended was signed into Law on the 13th of March, 2017. However, the appointment of Legal Practitioners as Presidents of the Grade 1, Customary Courts in the State was done in July 2018. Thus, the Imasayi Customary Court acted properly/rightly in respect of the Judgment in issue same having been delivered on 27th of July, 2017.
“If any party is aggrieved by the Judgment of the Court, the appropriate step is to go on appeal instead of resorting to a crude act of this nature or using Law Enforcement Agency as an instrument of intimidation and oppression.”
Also dismissing the claims of the human right activists, the management also said “It is also imperative to state here that Miss F.A. Bello is one of the bonafide staff of the Ogun State Judiciary and was duly promoted to her present position of Senior Clerical Officer as against the claim by Comrade Sulaiman that she
“We strongly believe that Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman is out for no good. He is hereby advised to authenticate his story before going online.
“Ogun State Judiciary is a Cathedral of Justice, Transparent, highly committed to upholding the Rule of Law, Equity and Restoring hope to all manner of men. This is the vision and mission of our founding fathers and this administration would stop at nothing to sustain and guide it.”