In a significant development, Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has terminated the tenure of Osun’s Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo. The decision, communicated through a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, followed the resolution of the state House of Assembly.
Despite a prior restraining order from the National Industrial Court, Adeleke proceeded with the suspension, concurrently appointing Olayinka Afolabi as the new Acting Osun’s Chief Judge. The swearing-in ceremony is slated for tomorrow at the Executive Lounge, Governor’s Office, Osogbo, with the Deputy-Governor officiating as directed by Governor Adeleke.
How the restraining order was issued
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, in Ibadan, has issued restraining orders against Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke in two separate cases. The court, responding to suits filed by Chief Judge Adepele Ojo and Michael Obidiya, the secretary of the state Judicial Service Commission, restrained Adeleke from removing them from their positions.
Ojo sought protection against any reversal or termination of her appointment, including salary and benefits, pending the interlocutory application’s determination. Obidiya, in a similar motion, obtained an interim order preventing his removal and the appointment of a replacement.
The court mandated the continued payment of the Osun’s Chief Judge and the secretary’s salaries and benefits. Both cases were scheduled for a hearing on December 12, 2023.
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