Ekiti Courts Shut Down, A Good Step In The Right Direction – Barrister Oyenike

In what seemed like a drama after the Nigeria judicial council ordered the continuation of the case against the Ekiti State’s Governor-elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose, it was shocking that all the courts in the state have been ordered by the presidency to shut down until after inauguration on 16th of October.

The All Progressives Congress, APC had on Thursday through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed asked the Federal Government to order the immediate withdrawal of security agents who it claimed were blocking the resumption of the courts in Ekiti State. He stated that “the security agents were willfully deployed to prevent the courts from opening. This violation flies in the face of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, many legal luminaries have said

“This undemocratic encroachment and erosion portend great danger for our nation and constitute a threat to our democracy.”

There have however been series of reactions trailing the actions of the Federal Government.

In an interview with the Streetjournal correspondent, a Lagos-based Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Barr. Oyenike Alliyu-Adebiyi, showed her total support for the move by the Federal Government.

She stated that “I am in support of it if that is what will restore peace to the state. Judiciary should act independently but where life and property is at stake the executive needs to act fast. Remember some people are aggrieved over the death of NURTW boss and can spring into action at any small opportunity.”

Streetjournal sought to know if such an action would not be a bad precedent for the Federal Government to have acted contrary to National Judicial Commission (NJC)’s order. Oyenike said the FG has the justification for declaring the State of Emergency in cases where violence is presumed and that it’s enshrined in the constitution. She also urged Nigerians not to politicise the Ekiti issue but rather be taken as a clear judicial matter.

Commenting on why FG did not stay with the deployment of armed men in the courts, she said “If the FG uses soldiers, people will say they are in support of Fayose and the truth is police alone cannot curb violence following the past experience in the state. I think the E-11 and APC should accept defeat, Ekiti people spoke through their votes.”

She also state that the decision of the FG is very right, especially as it has to do with maintenance of peace and tranquility.

Author: News Editor

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