An Akure lawyer, Victor Olatoyegun, has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) for the alleged mishandling of a suit by the Ondo State Chief Judge, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi.
In his petition, Olatoyegun claimed that he filed a suit on behalf of Charles Titiloye against the Ondo State government.
Titiloye, under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, sought information from the government on the public/partnership agreement that led to the demolition of the state-owned Owena Hotel, Akure, the state capital.
The CJ assigned the case to his court but Titiloye, in a letter, requested the CJ to transfer the case on the grounds of likelihood of bias.
Titiloye supported his position with a picture of Justice Kumuyi and one of the defendants, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, laying the foundation of the shopping mall to be built on the site of the demolished hotel.
The CJ was said to have ignored the letter and dismissed the application that he should disqualify himself from hearing the matter.
The judge also failed to serve Olatoyegun the hearing notice of the date for the ruling on the disqualification suit, thereby preventing the claimant from appealing his ruling.
The CJN has directed Justice Kumuyi to take action on Titiloye’s complaint on his refusal to transfer the case from his court.