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National Industrial Court affirms Justice Ojo as Osun State Chief Judge

The National Industrial Court sitting in Ibadan has affirmed Justice Adepele Ojo as the Osun State Chief Judge.

The decision was contained in a judgment delivered by Justice Peters in a suit numbered NICN/IB/62/2023, on Wednesday, April 24, in Ibadan.

The court granted all the reliefs sought by the Osun Chief Judge against the Osun State Government and Osun State House of Assembly, including an order of perpetual injunction restraining both the executive and legislative arms of government from removing her as the number one judicial officer in the state.

Things came to a head between the State Government and the Chief Judge Ojo in 2023 when the Osun Assembly passed a motion suspending her as Chief Judge.

An acting Chief Judge, Justice Olayinka Afolabi was appointed in her place but he refused to turn up the next day for the swearing-in.

Ojo had dragged the state government and State Assembly to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, and secured a restraining order barring Governor Ademola Adeleke from removing her.

The court adjourned the matter till December 12, 2023, for hearing of the pending motion on notice.

Following a barrage of criticisms from bodies like the Nigeria Bar Association and civil society organizations, the State Government later denied the sacking of Ojo.

The government spokesperson and Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, in a statement, said that Adeleke “only forwarded the resolution of the House of Assembly and recommendation for an acting appointment to the Chief Justice of the Federation for decision and action”.

Alimi also described Adeleke as “a man of due process and rule of law with a deep level of respect for the bar and the bench, the NJC, and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Also, in November 2023, members of the Osun State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union, JUSUN, embarked on an indefinite protest against Justice Ojo as she continued to stay in office as the state Chief Judge.

The strike which was declared by the state chairman of JUSUN, Gbenga Eludire, was based on allegations that Justice Ojo mismanaged the affairs of the judiciary.

Eludire had accused Ojo of “suspending workers without following due process, adding that the Chief Judge had put a stop to statutory training for workers to improve their productivity”.

The strike which paralyzed judicial actives in the state was formally called off in March.


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