Ilesa Zone AC Organises Workshop For Candidates, Officials

The need to ensure that elected and appointed officers are made answerable for their tenure in office was part of the resolutions reached at a leadership training workshop.

Tagged “Grassroots Development Approaches and the Challenges of Electoral Politics,” the workshop held on Monday at the Action Congress (AC) party secretariat for Ilesa East local government council Area of Osun State, was designed for the party’s officials and candidates at the ward and local government levels.

The one-day workshop had participants drawn from the six local government council areas in Ijesaland, comprising also the councils’ party chairmen, women and youth leaders at the ward and council levels.

The first lecture that was delivered on “Grassroots Development Approaches” did insightful dissection of the concept, structure and attributes of governance in Nigeria, and Governance and Millennium Development goals (MDGS), highlighting public accountability, environmental sustainability, place of women and traditional institutions in the contemporary art and science of governance.

“Challenges of Electoral Contest”, the second lecture, exhaustively looked at the strategies for mobilization for elections and defence of votes for victory at the polls.

Earlier, participants had formed a long queue to register for the workshop, and workshop materials were issued out to them by the Institute for Development and Democratic Studies (IDDS), Lagos, the workshop organizers.

The facilitators, Ajayi Popoola and Kolawole Abiodun had hectic time answering question from the participants during the workshop intractive session.

The workshop initiated and planned by the Ultimate Group, a wing of the Action Congress in the state was effectively attended by the party State Chairman Alhaji Moshood Adeoti represented by Hon. Adelowo Adebiyi, AC Ife/Ijesa Senatorial leader, AC State Secretary, Hon. Gboyega Famodun parliamentarian for Ilesa East and West, Honourables Timothy Owoeye and Folarin Fafowora and a host of fierce loyalists and supporters of the party.

In his keynote address, the Ife-Ijesa senatorial leader redefined dividends of democracy as “accountability, fairness, equity, justice and transparency,” adding also that the workshop was expected to improve the participants’ knowledge, skills in politics and politicking for poll victory and inculcate in them new political attitude.

Chief Jumoke Ogunkeyede, Ultimate Group chairman in the state saluted the tenacity of purpose of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, AC governorship candidate in the state and his overall contributions to the continued political development of stalwarts and members of the party.

Ogunkeyede described his group as victory enhancer for the party in the state.

Chairman at the workshop, Honourable Babatunde Ajilore, a one-time chairman, league of secretaries to the local government councils in Lagos State, set the tone for the conference in his opening remarks. He lauded Aregbesola, describing him as a man of history and scourge of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State.

He stated that the workshop has five sessions, with the first session already held on Friday 6, June in Ile-Ife, and the subsequent ones slated for Ikirun Tuesday, 14, Iwo Monday 20, Ede Tuesday 21 and Osogbo Wednesday 22 this month.

Abiodun Aremu, the IDDS Executive Coordinator, in a brief remark described the objectives of a political party as a continuing enterprise “that goes beyond just fielding candidates for election”.

Osun Tribunal Scandal Latest: Naron, Others Face NJC’s Trial

After months of waiting and anxiety by stakeholders and other democrats across the world, the National Judicial Council (NJC) has reportedly succumbed to pressure by setting up a five – man panel to investigate the alleged compromise of the Justice Thomas Naron-led Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in Osun State.

The alleged compromise of the tribunal judges was revealed through telephone conversations between the tribunal members and one of the lead counsel to the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Otunba Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN) as published in one of the previous editions of TheNEWS magazine.

OSUN DEFENDER reliably gathered that the affected tribunal judges had earlier been queried by the nation’s Chief Justice, Idris Kutigi, who doubles as the NJC chairman.

It was learnt that the five judges of the tribunal have responded to the queries sent to them by the NJC boss.

According to the source, the NJC members are expected to meet this week to decide on the mode of the investigation of the tribunal judges.

It was further learnt that the council at the meeting was expected to review all the petitions against the panel members, after which the five-man panel of enquiry would commence its job.

It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had summoned the Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), requesting for the call log of the affected tribunal judges and the lawyer (Kalejaiye).

The medium further reliably gathered that the council may either base its investigation on the outcome of the EFCC investigation or commence its own investigation afresh.

An NJC member said that this would be the first time the council would be handling an issue relating to technological challenges, adding that all the NJC members are curious to establish the fact of the matter.

The NJC was petitioned by the Action Congress (AC) in Osun State and its governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola over the alleged romance between the tribunal judges and the tribunal which was unveiled by TheNews magazine few days to the day set aside for judgment by the tribunal.

Ever before the revelations of TheNews magazine, the state chapter of the AC had alleged that the tribunal was biased, asking the panel members to disqualify themselves from delivering judgment on the governorship tussle.

Despite the revelations by the magazine and the plea of the petitioners that the tribunal should disqualify itself from delivering the judgment, the tribunal shunned all oppositions and delivered judgment on the governorship tussle on July 15, 2008, upholding the election of the embattled governor.

An appeal had since been filed against the judgment of the tribunal at the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan.

Other members of the tribunal to be investigated by the NJC are Justices Joy Akpugunhum; Justice Joe Ekanem; Justice Sa’adu Mohammed and A.T Badamas.

Fake Immigration Officers Arraigned For Fraud

The hope of an Osogbo businessman, Chief Joseph Kayode to travel out of Nigeria has been dashed by two suspected fake immigration officers, who purportedly defrauded him of the sum of one million Naira.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the fake immigration officers, having known the intention of Kayode to travel to Jamaica, persuaded him to allow them handle the processing of his visa and other documents.

Kayode, after an iron cast of fake evidences from the accused persons, succumbed to their antics and started giving them money which amounted to one million naira.

But luck ran out for the suspects when they were arrested by the police, after some days based on complaints by Kayode, to the police.

Eventually, the accused persons were arraigned at an Osogbo magistrate’s court on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.

According to the charge sheet, “the accused persons perpetrated the purported crime in July, 2008, at Odi-Olowo.

However, when the charge was read to them, they pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge and prayed the court to admit them to bail.

Counsel to the suspects, Mr, Wasiu Adebayo, who maintained the innocence of the accused persons on the allegation, said reliable sureties would stand for them.

Adebayo added that the suspects were ready to stand their trial and would not jump bail if granted, as he further prayed the court to be liberal on the bail terms.

Police prosecutor, Corporal Emmanuel Abdullahi, said bail was at the discretion of the court, maintaining that the presiding judge should exercise his discretion judicially and judiciously.

Ruling on the bail application, the presiding magistrate, Mr Adebayo Ajala, granted bail to the suspects in the sum of N500,000 and one surety each.

He then adjourned the case to October 10, 2008, for hearing.


Driver Jailed 5 years For Manslaughter

An Osogbo magistrate court has sentenced a bus driver to five years imprisonment with an option of N500,000 fine for killing a 35-year-old woman with his bus along Gbongan road in Osogbo.

The commercial bus driver, Wasiu Olajide, had earlier pleaded not guilty to the offence.

According to the charge sheet, the driver was said to have driven recklessly and caused a fatal accident which left the woman dead and many others injured.

The defence counsel, Mr. Tiamiyu Adegboyega, while applying for the bail of the driver said that he had earlier written to the prosecuting officer that they were ready to present sureties and an assurance that his client would not jump bail.

He argued that the offence is a bailable one and assured the investigating officer that the client would not in anyway interfere with the police investigation.

The prosecuting officer, Corporal Emmanuel Abdullahi argued that the accused should not be granted bail, stating that many drivers drove recklessly around the town, believing that when they get to court, they would be granted bail.

He also disclosed that the case at hend was a very fatal one, adding that it claimed the life of a woman, whose family were present in the court.

Abudullahi also argued that if every reckless driver is granted bail on the ground of liberal terms, the menace of reckless driving would continue to thrive in the society.

He added that the accused (the driver) should not be granted bail on the ground of ignorance of traffic law and for having no regard for human life.

The presiding magistrate in his judgment stated that, though the offence was a bailable one but because of the nature of its sensitivity to the public, the driver should be jailed for five years with an option of N500,000 which is payable within a week of the judgment.


Osun LG Bosses Jittery As Assembly Begins Councils’ Probe Probe

As all the 30 local government council chairmen in Osun State are undergoing interrogation before the state House of Assembly, some of the council bosses are reportedly jittery, as many of them could not withstand the interrogation by the House.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that some of the council bosses could eventually be found guilty of financial misappropriation, as virtually all the chairmen could not properly account for their spendings so far.

Among the council chairmen, found wanting was the chairman, Ifelodun local government council area of the state, Honourable Sarafadeen Awotunde, OSUN DEFENDER reliably gathered.

According to the source, Awotunde was queried on a controversial N550 million, which he reportedly could not account for.

It was learnt further that upon enquiry, the embattled chairman allegedly accounted for just N150 million, a situation that compelled the House panel of enquiry to ask him to account for the remaining N400 million naira.

Subsequently, the council boss, apparently confused, a situation that compelled him to appeal to the panel of enquiry to allow him go back home to perfect the documents relating to the issue at hand.

As at the time of filing this report, the medium gathered that the rattled council boss has not returned to the House with the said documents relating to the alleged misappropriation of funds.

It would be recalled that some angry youths recently attacked the council chairman, alleging that Awotunde has been misappropriating the local council funds without any developmental project in the area.

The youth accused the chairman of being a car freak, saying that he only purchases exotic cars at the expense of any development in the council area.

Besides, some aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the area have been planning to influence some councillors in the council area on the need to impeach the embattled chairman.

Meanwhile, this medium gathered further from a reliable source that the ongoing interrogation of all the council bosses in the state was instigated by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who reportedly expressed dissatisfaction about the performances of the chairmen.

It would be recalled that the governor was reported to have left the council bosses to their fate over the appeal filed against their December 15, 2007 election by the opposition political parities in the state.

The governor allegedly shunned the council bosses, saying that he was not satisfied with their performances since they assumed office about 10 months ago.

Aromolaran Charges LG Chairs On Security

The Owa Obokun, of Ijesaland Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran has solicited the support of the six local government councils in Ijesaland to make available logistics to the police and vigilance groups to fight the menace of armed robbers in his domain.

Oba Aromolaran made the call last Friday at a meeting held at Obokungbusi Town Hall with traditional rulers, chiefs and people of the ancient town and its environments.

According to the monarch, it was the responsibilities of chairmen of local government councils to provide necessary tools to the law enforcement agents to ensure security of the citizenry.

The Oba who was not happy at the absence of chairmen Ilesa East and West, urged them to provide logistics to the police and vigilance groups to combat armed robbers.

He said by doing so, people would be able to sleep with their two eyes closed, while banking operations and other businesses at Ilesa and beyond would get accelerated development.

While speaking at the meeting, the new Police Area Commander, Mr Jacob Atunise said he had engaged his Divisional police officers in a 24 hour patrol of Ijesaland, particularly Ilesa which had been the major focus of armed robbers, stating that the task has proved successful as for the past one month he resumed at Ilesa Area command, there had not been any report of armed robbery.

He said to maintain the tempo, the police would need support of the local government council chairmen in the area of logistics, as he enjoined the people to always report to the nearest police station information about dubious people in their midst, stating that the police treat such information with confidentiality.

Present at the meeting are police officers from the two police stations in Ilesa, representative of Road Safety Commander, Ilesa Unit, traditional rulers, chiefs and numerous indigenes of the ancient town including representatives of companies and banking industry in Ilesa.

Plan To Compromise Osun Workers Exposed

•Civil Societies, Opposition Rise Against It

Civil Society and opposition political parties in Osun State have taken Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to the cleaners over the plan to foist new Chinese cars on the senior staff of the state civil service, premising their criticism on poor remuneration package.

It would be recalled that a government-sponsored news journal in its recent edition, gave the plan to foist new Geely cars on the workers in form of loan facilities.

OSUN DEFENDER’s investigation on the salary structure scale revealed that Osun State civil servants and teachers are the least-paid government workers in the South West axis of the country.

Findings further showed that the labour leaders and some leading labour activists in the state have been compromised in such a way that none of them could provide any government policy an objective critique.

It was reliably gathered that some labour leaders, who championed workers’ rights during the administration of former Governor Bisi Akande have become full time contractors now; wining and dining with the political functionaries; while some of them, who are privileged to regain their lost jobs, have now developed protruding tummies.

Investigations also revealed that the compromised labour leaders are now supplying strategies for the government on how to keep the mouths of the aggrieved workers shut permanently on certain rights and benefits that are being trampled upon.

Investigations further showed that part of the plans to stem the unceasing demands for salary increase, supplied to government, by the compromised unionists is giving out of car to some senior civil servants and teachers; while the lowest cadre would be lent facilities for motorcycles, and fairly used cars.

It was learnt that with the new cars given to the senior workers and loan facilities for the junior cadre, they would be placed under a compromised position that would afford them no opportunity to demand for more like Oliver Twist.

Speaking against the plot, the National Coordinator, United Action for Democracy (UAD), Comrade Abiodun Aremu said that the new car scheme was not in the best interest of the workers, noting that the governor is embarking on the plan with a view to lining some private pockets at the expense of unsuspecting workers.

“It is quite pathetic that these people in government are perpetually mischievous and they are busy thinking on how the innocent would be blackmailed into submission to their corrupt enrichment,” Aremu submitted.

According to him, “the governor’s automobile interest in China is driving him badly into making Osun State a dumping ground. Workers should be empowered to make choice for themselves, as foisting news cars on them is against the rule, and I know that the beneficiaries of the suspicious loan facilities would not like it at the end of the day”.

In the same vein, the state Director of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Barrister Alfred Adegoke has counseled the state workers against taking the new Chinese cars from the government, arguing that such a largesse would put off their rights sooner than later.

Also speaking, the founder of Campaign for Democracy and the Rights of the People (CDRP), Alhaji Amitolu Shittu has questioned the rationale behind the suspicious scheme, saying that systematic slavery is suspected.

“The good workers of the state deserved capacity building and empowerment, not a greek gift that would permanently silence the dissenting voices. An average worker reserves the right to make a choice, including a car of his choice and he should not be made to appear helpless. The new car scheme is a trap and we shall mobilize workers against it,” said Amitolu.

Besides, the state chairman, National Conscience Party (NCP), Alhaji Waheed Lawal said that the government should address the issue of living wage first, before thinking of placing debt around the neck of innocent workers.

“Workers have right to good life, but it should not be at the expense of their freedom. We have seen the cars given to the political functionaries ,they have no clear effect on governance except that some politicians are flaunting wealth. How would a worker on the peanut salary, maintains his vehicle or is the government ready to make the car maintenance loan available every month?” Lawal puzzled.

Aregbesola Chides Osun Govt On LG Fund Deduction

Governorship candidate of Action Congress (AC) in Osun State in the 2007 general elections, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has raised a fresh alarm over the deduction of funds allocated to the 30 local governments from the federation account by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration.

A release signed by Aregbesola’s Media Assistant, Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo and made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Monday expressed worry that despite series of petitions filed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the issue, the deduction still continues unabated.

Aregbesola said: “Our findings showed that between 45 and 50 per cent of the revenue accruing to the local government in Osun State are being deducted by the state government under the guise of State Joint Accounts.

“The situation has rendered the local governments ineffective to discharge the onerous duties imposed on them by the 1999 Constitution”.

He however called on the EFCC to set its apparatus in motion for immediate action on the situation in Osun State, saying this would clear the air that the anti-graft commission is not protecting financial criminals.

According to him: “Many of the 30 local governments have now become glorified pay masters that just collect remnants from the state joint accounts and hand it over to their workers.

“The situation has become more deplorable to the extent that some of the councils have not been able to fund the running grant accounts of their departments to operate efficiently”.

The AC flagbearer noted that in the past, when opposition political parties cried out about the deductions, some chairmen of Local Governments came out with a contrary position and absolved the Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration but “existing facts have however shown that the defence of these chairmen was a lie and a deliberate attempt to protect the state government”.

According to him, “Oyinlola has become a car dealer who buys automobiles and other consumables for local governments and then deducts the cost from the source” and that council funds have been diverted to projects that have no relevance with the development aspiration of the people of Osun State”.

He expressed surprise that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has not been able to act on the petition earlier sent to it, charging the commission to act urgently on the issue.

Aregbesola also lamented the payment of the state constituency project fund to the state legislators, despite the petitions with the EFCC and ICPC on the disbursement of the funds.

The AC candidate asked: “Are we being told that once you are a member of the ruling party, you are not required to obey common laws and ethos?”

We have vouched for Farida’s integrity and neutrality while her record of service is a testimony to the fact that she is a patriot who will not allow any criminal past acquaintanceship to rubbish her career.

Remembering The Fallen Heroes!

Death, the inevitable end of man can, no doubt, be painful, most especially when it occurs at the untimely period. And whenever we lose our loved ones, we definitely feel sad as humans. However, God, as the merciful one do sometimes uses death to protect the deceased. For, who knows, if the deceased were to be alive, an occurrence worse than death might be his lot. This being the reason why the Yorubas do say that ‘to die is better than to live an ignominious life.’

Again, death may be melancholic thought; it becomes enviable when it is glorious. Death becomes glorious when the deceased died for a just and noble cause. The history of man is replete with people who had paid the supreme sacrifice either through willingly laying down their lives or meeting death by accident in the course of defending a right cause. Those who have fallen in this category are never regarded as dead. They live on in the minds of the people. They are never forgotten because they were the valiants the world ever produced. They are ever remembered for their heroic submission while they are being referred to as ‘martyrs’.

It is in the light of the above that we remember with deep feelings the passing away of two democrats from Obokun local government who lost their lives recently in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Lagos.

We salute their courage in participating in the struggle for the enthronement of justice and true democracy in the state of the Living Spring. As active participants in the change process initiated by the ebullient and visionary democrat, Rauf Aregbesola, our fallen heroes from Obokun will for ever live in the hearts of the people as martyrs of democracy in this state just like the others who fell to PDP’s bullets in the course of performing their civic responsibilities.

It is really sad that since this process of change began in Osun State, a lot of people have met their untimely deaths. No thanks to the ‘do-or-die’ policy of the PDP. Retrospectively, the causalties that have been recorded directly or indirectly in Osun State and beyond owing to the introduction of this wicked and anti-human policy of a party that harbours ‘a nest of killers’ are not small in number.

We recall the untimely deaths of AC agents brought about by the lethal activities of agents of the thieving swines who bulldozed their ways to power by shedding the blood of patriotic and innocent citizens. The gruesome manner through which Ayo Oni and others were murdered during the last year’s April general elections in the state remains a festering sore. More so, the fact that the perpetrators of the heinous crimes have not been brought to book while the beneficiaries of that electoral banditry are still gallivanting around the corridor of power as leaders of the people. And to add insult to injury, the judges who were in the position to redress the injustice done to the people also compromised their integrity for filthly lucre, making them to torpedoe justice and declared as ‘hearsay’ the massacre of those innocent citizens.

All these are a slap in the face for the good people of this state. But we are sure that if men fail to do justice, it is just a matter of time for the wrath of God to come down heavily upon the evil doers.

Though the two democrats from Obokun, Titilayo Azeez and Adepegba Fajuyi died in the struggle for the liberation of Osun people from the hands of predators in power, their names do not die and their contributions to the struggle towards the evolvement of a new dawn in the state shall for ever be remembered. They have no doubt entered the list of martyrs of democracy in Osun State and their names will definitely be accorded the deserved honour in the history of the liberation struggle in this state to be read by the coming generations.

As we mourn the Obokun two, we are also constrained to urge the bereaved to take solace in the fact that their people died honourably. Theirs were a gallant exit. Rather than dying as cowards, they died as heroes.

Cowards, according to Shakespeare, do die many times before their deaths, while the valliants will taste death but once. The Obokun two have contributed their quota to the liberation struggle in the state and God called them for rest at the expiration of their times. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

To the thieving swines at the helms of affairs in Osun State who are under the illusion that they are winning now, they will definitely ‘cry last’ because no injustice ever stays unredressed. With our absolute faith in God, we believe that the cause for which the Obokun two died shall soon be achieved. May God give their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

Don’t Calibrate Your Pumps, Osun Petroleum Task Force Warns Filling Stations

Petroleum filing stations across the state have been warned to desist from an act of tampering with their selling pumps and cheating motorists in the state.

The warning was given by the chairman of the Task Force on Petroleum Product distribution in the state, Mr. Gbadebo Olasupo.

The chairman in a release disclosed that his task force would be going round the state and any filling station caught in the act would be punished.

Motorists in the state have been complaining recently that some filling stations have been pumping air into their vehicle tanks knowing full well that they (motorists) would not detect immediately.

Investigations revealed that motorists have been complaining bitterly about a filling station at Ita-Olokan area of the state capital. OSUN DEFENDER gathered that attendants of the filling station have devised a means of ensuring that motorists leave the station without detecting that they have been shortchanged.

A motorist in Osogbo, Mr Salam Jelili while narrating his ordeal, disclosed that he bought eight litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol from the filling station and could not take him to his destination at Power Line in Osogbo.

He added that ordinarily, he only needs two or three litres of fuel to take him round the town on his daily business, adding that the passenger he drove that day when he went to the filling station was astonished at what happened.

Another owner of a private vehicle, Mr Azeez Olapade told OSUN DEFENDER that he bought 10 litres of fuel at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation in the state capital a day before the celebration of Eid-el-fitr and went home straight but supringly, the following day on his way to the mosque, his car ran out of fuel.

A commercial vehicle driver told OSUN DEFENDER that he only heard people discussing about the issue but it has never happened to him, adding that fuel attendants at filling stations do not treat commercial drivers the way they do to private car owners because they know that we can wreck their business.

However, another commercial driver plying Osogbo-Ikirun-Iree road told our reporter at Old Garage in Osogbo that the problem is with almost all the filling stations, adding that probably because there is no longer the problem of fuel scarcity from which the attendants make money, hence, they resolved to other means of short-changing their customers.

An attendant at a filling station at Power Line disclosed that some incidents were not always deliberate but as a result of problem with pumps, used in some filing stations.

He quickly added that their filling station has never been accused of such acts, stating that the management of the station do carry out routine maintenance on their pumps.

New Tribunal Arrives Osun

Sequel to the hues and cries that greeted the trial of some petitions at the two controversial election petitions tribunals that sat in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the President, Court of Appeal, Abuja, Justice Umar Abdullahi has reportedly reconstituted another set of tribunals that would reopen certain petitions that were concluded with festering grey areas.

Feelers from the Court of Appeal in Abuja hinted OSUN DEFENDER that the decision to reconstitute another set of tribunals that would rove round some states in the South West was borne out of the deliberations by the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Body of Benchers (BOB).

It was learnt that some judges, with impeccable integrity, openly condemned the way and manners some tribunals handled some petitions in some states, premising their arguments on compromise.

gathered that some former and current judges of the Supreme Court, who were at the crucial meeting, vented their naked anger on some unmentioned tribunals that made themselves pawn in the political chess board.

Source at the meeting confided in OSUN DEFENDER that most judges spoke against some of the controversial tribunal chairmen, who, by their action or inaction had succeeded in bringing the immaculate garment of judiciary into ridicule.

As a form of panacea, the Court of Appeal leadership, according to the source, was implored to revisit some allegations from some states, with a view to putting a damage control in place.

It would be recalled that the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Rotimi Akeredolu has recently criticized the delay in hearing of some Appeal cases; a situation that nearly brought him on a head-on collision course against the Appeal Court President.

The legal luminary berated an idea of delaying justice for religious rites, saying that it was not in the best interest of God that justice should be delayed.

Meanwhile, OSUN DEFENDER was at the Osun State High Court, Osogbo last week noticed that some judges suspected to be on a tribunal mission had arrived with an administrative man, suspected to be the new tribunal’s secretary.

All efforts to speak with the workers, who were busy cleaning an office for the new mission, proved abortive, as they all maintained sealed lips.

However, some of the court workers, who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER under condition of anonymity have expressed fears about the new tribunal, saying that it could attract violence.

“We are afraid because people may not want to give peace a second chance this time around and it could breed violence,” said the court workers.

Some of the politicians who spoke on the development also expressed fear over the fate of the new tribunal, saying that they could be compromised again.

“The Appeal Court president may reconstitute tribunal to hear controversial petitions, but my fear is that, would the judges not be compromised again,” said one of the politicians, who pleaded anonymity.

Information has it that some petitions, as touching petitions written by Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), and Action Congress (AC) may be revisited in the new mission.