Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed

THE Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) has cautioned the National Judicial Commission (NJC) not to give room for politicians to dent its image going by the body’s involvement in Justice Folahanmi Oloyede’s marital matter.

The group in a statement expressed shock that the chairman of the judicial body, who is also the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed will in the first instance treat a petition sent to NJC by one Mrs Emily Richard-Obire who claimed that Justice Oloyede snatched her husband.

According to a statement on Tuesday, signed by the Chairman of CSCEO and its Director of Mobilisation, Adeniyi Sulaiman and Reverend Theophilus Ayodeji, the group said, going by the query dated July 28, 2015 to Justice Oloyede, it appeared that the NJC was falling into the antics of politicians by turning the NJC into a customary court where marital issues are being settled.
“Is it not an irony that several serious issues and many petitions bordering on judicial misconducts against many judges across the country are before the NJC unattended to, yet, the NJC had all the time to intervene in a marital matter of Justice Oloyede.

“If this matter had been on with Justice Oloyede since 2011 as claimed by Mrs Richard-Obire, why is she just coming out now in 2015 to send a petition to the NJC and at a time she was fighting this battle with Mr Rauf Aregbesola?
“Justice Oloyede has the right to love and marry whoever she wants under the law and has the right to practice her religion without any hindrance. We wonder how many family matters NJC will need to settle among several judges in the federation,” the group said.

The group also alleged that, “We understand the diversionary tactics of Aregbesola and his cronies over the weighty evidences of corruption presented by this judge against him, but for NJC to have fallen into this trap beats our imagination as coalition of civil societies.

“We raised alarm few weeks ago about the over N4.7 billion being raised through Operation Save Rauf Aregbesola Project (OSRAP) to bribe the NJC members and other stakeholders against Justice Oloyede and with the recent happenings, we hope that NJC will be able to watch its linen clean.”

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