The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO) has cautioned the National Judicial Commission (NJC) not to give room for politicians to dent its image going by the body’s unfortunate involvement in Justice Folahanmi Oloyede’s marital matter.
The group in a statement expressed shock that the chairman of the judicial body who is also the Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed will in the first instance treat a petition sent to NJC by one Mrs. Emily Richard-Obire claiming that Justice Oloyede snatched her husband.
According to a statement in Osogbo yesterday and signed by CSCEO Chairman and its Director of Mobilisation, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman and Rev. Theophilus Ayodeji, the group said going by the query dated July 28, 2015 to Justice Oloyede, it appeared that the NJC was falling into the antics of politicians by turning the NJC into a customary court where marital issues are being settled.
“Is it not an irony that several serious issues and many petitions bordering on judicial misconducts against many judges across the country are before the NJC unattended to, yet, the NJC had all the time to intervene in a marital matter of Justice Oloyede.
“If this matter had been on with Justice Oloyede since 2011 as claimed by Mrs. Emily Obire, why was she coming out now in 2015 to send a petition to the NJC and at a time she was fighting this battle with Mr. Rauf Aregbesola?
“Justice Oloyede has the right to love and marry whoever she wants under the law and has the right to practice her religion without any hindrance. We wonder how many family matters NJC will need to settle among several judges in the federation.
“We understand the diversionary tactics of Aregbesola and his cronies over the weighty evidences of corruption presented by this erudite judge against the governor. But for NJC to have fallen into this trap beats our imagination as coalition of civil societies.
“We raised the alarm few weeks ago about the over N4.7billion being raised through Operation Save Rauf Aregbesola Project (OSRAP) to bribe the NJC members and other stakeholders against Justice Oloyede and with the recent happenings, we hope that NJC will be able to wash its linen clean in the messy Osun affairs.
Speaking on the petition written by Mrs. Richard-Obire that his former husband was snatched, the group blasted Chief Femi Falana for helping Aregbesola to “unearth a dead matter just as to help his friend, Aregbesola to disgrace courageous Oloyede and to score cheap political points”.
“Our group has thoroughly investigated that matter and found out that Mr. Falana was a lawyer to Mrs. Richard-Obire in the divorce case filed with her husband, Mr. Ricahrd Obire in 2012 at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos.
“Already, the case with suit number ID/473HD/2012 has been decided and the court, presided over by Justice (Mrs.) L.A.M Folami had legally dissolved this marriage between Mrs. Emily and her former husband and so the case remained closed. We believe that by the law of the federation, Mr. Obire has the right in the world to love whomever he wants and to marry anyone without any prejudice.’
“Our group has it on good authority that Emily’s husband, Mr. Richard Obire had to file a divorce case because he caught his wife (Emily) having an extra- marital affairs with another man outside their wedlock in Ikeja, Lagos State in year 2010.
“Although, we are sure that the woman judge was able to defend herself as our check at the state High Court indicated that she had replied to this query through the office of the Chairman of the State Judicial Commission”, the group stated.