Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 lambasted people believed to be supporters of former State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore for beating up a court bailiff who had gone to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) secretariat in Osogbo last Friday to serve the senator and top members of the party court processes in respect of a suit filed before him.
The judge who described the attack on the judiciary also explained that all orders given in respect of the case still subsist just as he referred the suit filed by some aggrieved stakeholders of the party before the court to Chief Judge (CJ) of the state for reassignment.
The aggrieved stakeholders of the party including Alhaji Rasheed Mayowa, Mr. Bello Jimoh, Mr. Rasheed Salaam and Chief Azeez Akakinde Ismaila, on Friday through their counsels Barrister Bamidele Ajibade and Seun Ogundarin approached the court for an injunction to restrain the party from holding state congress pending the determination of the suit.
They also prayed the court to checkmate Mr. Taiwo Akeju, Alhaji Shehi Musa Gabam and Rt. Hon. Emeka Atuma from parading Dr. Iyiola Omisore as the governorship candidate of SDP.
The court had ordered that nothing be done by the respondents in the case but rather than obey the directive, the Omisore group with the SDP went ahead to conduct the ward and local government congresses.
At the retuned hearing of the case, the court said that the bailiff who went to serve the respondents, notice of the court order was brutally assaulted and obstructed from carrying out the task.
The presiding judge, Justice Olajide Falola described the act as deplorable adding that the court initially encouraged the parties to reconcile amicably in the interest of peace.
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“The law that guided the bailiff also guides the pointer. Administration of justice should not be violated. Whoever does that if he is lucky now, may not be lucky next time.”
“No matter the level of violence you unleash on the court, it will not alter the course of justice. The system was designed not to be intimidated. So, allow justice to take its course. If you don’t, your nose will be bruised.” The court warned.
Barrister Bamidele Ajibade, one of the counsels to the applicants pushed for a mandatory order for reversal of the party Congresses.
Ajibade lamented that despite that the court granted an interim order and did remarked that the parties to the suit maintain status quo, the respondents held its wards, local governments and state Congresses in fragrant disregard to the court.
But, the party solicitor, Barrister Kehinde Adesiyan said that no part of the order of the party was properly served. He challenged the competence of the suit and the jurisdiction of the court to decide the case.
Justice Falola declared that the attack on the bailiff had been reported to the police and the judiciary body. He afterwards remitted the case to the Chief Judge of the state for reassignment, on the basis of his closeness with the concerned parties to the case.