Naron Tribunal Interpreter Threatens Journalist

The controversial interpreter of the rattled Justice Thomas Naron-led Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Osun State, Ms Sade Alaba displayed her arrogance at the premises of Police Area Commander’s Office in Osogbo on Wednesday, as she threatened to deal ruthlessly with members of OSUN DEFENDER editorial team. One of the medium’s reporters was at…”
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November 10, 2008 1:44 pm
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compromised judiciary in NigeriaThe controversial interpreter of the rattled Justice Thomas Naron-led Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Osun State, Ms Sade Alaba displayed her arrogance at the premises of Police Area Commander’s Office in Osogbo on Wednesday, as she threatened to deal ruthlessly with members of OSUN DEFENDER editorial team.

One of the medium’s reporters was at the the state police command to observe interaction between the officers of the area commander’s office and two of the Action Congress (AC) chieftains, Honourables Oguntola Toogun and Gafar Amere, sequel to the complaint of the controversial interpreter to the police that she was harassed by the AC chieftains.

The two party chieftains were at the Justice Suleiman Ambursa-led Election Petitions Tribunal, premises of the state high court, Oke-fia, Osogbo to witness the hearing of the petition filed by the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) candidate in Ejigbo State constituency, Grace Oyegbile against the election of the AC lawmaker representing the constituency in the State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salam.

Immediately after the court session closed and the party chieftains were stepping out of the court hall, they were approached by security officers, whom Sade has brought to the court premises and politely asked the opposition leaders to come to their office.

At the police area command’s office, the officer-in-charged urged Sade to state her own side of the story and she alleged that the AC leaders ‘waylaid’ her when she was going to work on motorcycle before the sitting of the tribunal for the day, claiming that the incident was not the first of its kind from AC members who had identified her with Naron-led tribunal.

She further alleged that immediately the AC leaders saw her on motorcycle, they were shouting ‘thief! thief! thief! after her.

Immediately she sighted the OSUN DEFENDER reporter, she reportedly flared up the more and said that the medium had in the past, published unfavourable reports on her, threatening the life of the journalist who was at the commander’s office observing the situation.

She further threatened that she would do all she could, to ensure that the journalist is dealt with.

It was a police officer at the command, who cautioned Sade from attacking the medium’s reporter, asking her to lunch a formal complaint, if she had anything against the medium rather than accusing the reporter unnecessarily.

But there was a drama at the security’s office, as one of the invited AC chieftains, Toogun flared up and took exception to word ‘waylay’ in the controversial interpreter’s allegations her to define the word.

He claimed that Sade has wrongfully accused them and threatened to take a serious legal action against her for cooking up such inhuman allegations.

Toogun said: “Your action has confirmed that you are an agent of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and you truly took part in the alleged compromise of the Naron tribunal. How can I be waylaying you when you are nobody in the society? I promise you, I won’t take this lightly with you”.

The matter was however later settled by security agents and the AC chieftains were discharged.

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