CJ accuses Akeredolu, Assembly of plot to unseat her

Published February 26, 2021

Friday Olokor , Abuja
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday restrained the Governor of Ondo State , the state House of Assembly , Attorney – General and three others from taking any further steps in relation to the alleged probe of the Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu , over a viral video made by one Olupelumi Fagboyegun .
Also restrained are the Attorney -General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council and the Inspector -General of Police .
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order in his ruling on an ex – parte application filed by Justice Akeredolu , who alleged , among others , that the decision by the state government , through its former AG , Charles Titiloye, to refer the allegations made against her and the state ’s judiciary by Fagboyegun in the viral video to the House of Assembly for investigation , was an illegal act designed to remove her from office.
The judge granted all the four principal reliefs contained in the application moved by the plaintiff ’s lawyer , Jibrin Okutepa ( SAN) , and ordered the service of all originating processes in the suit on the defendants and adjourned the case till March 5 , 2021 for hearing of the plaintiff ’ s motion on notice .
Okutepa said , “ He said, “ We fear that if there is no intervention of the court , we think it is a ploy to get her out of office. We believe it has political undertone .”
In the main suit , the plaintiff is contending that the Ondo State governor , the AG and the House of Assembly lacked the powers under the Constitution to investigate the Chief Judge for any allegation of professional misconduct .

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