By Adenitan Akinola
The National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State has granted an interim order restraining the Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke from removing the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo from office pending the determination of the interim application.
The order followed a motion ex parte filed by the counsel to the Chief Judge, Mr Olusupo Ojo, SAN, seeking an injunction to further restrain the governor from terminating the appointment and conditions of service of the applicant.
In the order signed by the presiding judge, Justice Dele Peters, the court also the Fourth defendant, the Accountant General of Osun State to continue to pay the salary, entitlements, emoluments and other benefits and monies the applicant was entitled to as the Chief Judge of the state.
Justice Dele Peters further remarked that, taking cognizance of the gender of the applicant as a wife, a mother and grandmother, the governor as the Chief Security Officer of the state is ordered to ensure adequate security of the Chief Judge against harassment from any quarters pending the determination of the originating summons.
“Finally, it is directed that the 2nd Defendant as the Chief Law Officer of Osun State will appropriately advise the defendants in general and the first defendant in particular on the imperative of complying fully with the orders of this Court”.
The matter was adjourned to the 12th of December for the hearing of the pending motion.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, 15th of November, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Osun State held a press conference warming the state governor against the undue interference with the judiciary and the purported plot to remove the Chief Judge.