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Ekiti: Group petitions rights commission, carpets judges

A coalition of civil society/human rights groups, made up of indigenes of Ekiti State, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission, accusing three judges of violating the rights of “law abiding Ekiti State citizens.”

It accused the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, Justice Isaac Ogunyemi and specifically, Justice John Adeyeye, of committing the alleged offence at the premises of the State High Court on September 25, during the sitting of the Election Petitions Tribunal.

The group, in the petition by its Secretary, Comrade Aderemi Olaleye, and addressed to the NHRC Executive Secretary, Prof Ben Angwe, said Adeyeye breached Sections 34, 40, and 42 of the 1999 Constitution by calling law-abiding citizens of Ekiti state thugs.

He added that the CJ breached the citizens constitutional rights to fair hearing, by indicting the people without first hearing their own side of the story.

The petitioner said it had expected the Chief Judge to institute an inquiry or a probe to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the September 22 and 25 incidents, with a view to curtaining the possibility of any future occurrence.

The group said, “However, Justice Daramola chose to further amplify the positions of Justice Adeyeye by writing petition against the Governor-elect, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, and innocent Ekiti people, insinuating that they were thugs and that they were led by the Ekiti Governor-Elect to disrupt court activities and attack judges.

“It is important to state that the Chief Judge did not hear from either the Governor-elect or other persons he indicted in his person; thus breaching their constitutional rights to fair hearing, and also lending credence to the popular view held in the state that he (Chief Judge) hates the Governor-elect with a passion and will do anything to destroy him.”

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