A group of people want Osun judge, Justice Folahanmi Olamide Oloyede, disgraced for two reasons. First, for attempting to disgrace Rauf Aregbesola, the Osun State Governor, the group says. Second, for taking someone else’s husband.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has therefore been made to issue a second query to Justice Oloyede, based on a petition written against her to the National Judicial Council by the Osun Civil Societies Coalition (OCSC).
It is unlikely that these accusations would stick nor would they bring the woman into disrepute if her angst against Aregbesola was well-intentioned rather than politically motivated.
Mohammed’s first query to the Osun judge dated July 28, 2015 was prompted by a petition by a mother of four, Mrs. Emily Richard-Obire, who accused the judge of co-habiting with her husband.
Another group, Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State has since risen to Oloyede’s defence however, claiming that an Ikeja High Court had dissolved the Richard-Obire’s marriage.
The OCSC asked the NJC to investigate the judge for petitioning the Osun State House of Assembly and accusing Aregbesola of corruption.
Mohammed’s two queries were written to Oloyede through the Chief Judge of Osun State, Justice Adepele Ojo and have since been delivered to the accused judge.
The second query read, “Re: Request for investigation of Justice Oloyede Olamide Folahanmi.
“I forward herewith a petition, dated 28th July, 2015, against you by Comrade Waheed Lawal and two members of Osun Civil Societies Coalition, on the above subject matter.
“The petition speaks for itself. I shall be glad to have your comments within 14 days from the date of your receipt of this letter, please.”
The group asked the NJC to sanction the Osun judge in order to prevent other judges, who might want to emulate her, by allegedly surrendering themselves to be used by politicians, to achieve their aims.
The OCSC accused Oloyede of partisanship and failure to conduct herself in a manner to preserve the dignity of her office.
The petition read, “The petition (against Aregbesola) contained statements calculated to incite the residents of the state against the state government and its elected officers. More bewildering are the words and language used by the petitioner and the brazing manner which caused the petition to be circulated to the public.
“If appropriate action was not meted on her, a floodgate will be opened and every willing and available judicial officer would soon become an instrument of use for the purpose of partisan politics.”
Understandably, Oloyede has maintained astute silence. Again it is unlikely that the Office of the Chief Justice of Nigeria would wilfully turn over Oloyede’s responses to the media for public use. But then, you’d never know what tomorrow will bring on this matter.