Rights Group Flays Falola’s Appointment As Judge

THE appointment of the former Registrar of the Osun State Customary Court of Appeal, Mr. Jide Falola as a judge of the state high court has been described as another slap on the nation’s judiciary. In a statement signed by the Co-ordinator, Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Comrade Waheed Lawal and made available…”
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January 3, 2009 10:20 pm
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THE appointment of the former Registrar of the Osun State Customary Court of Appeal, Mr. Jide Falola as a judge of the state high court has been described as another slap on the nation’s judiciary.

In a statement signed by the Co-ordinator, Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Comrade Waheed Lawal and made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo on Wednesday, the appointment was considered a threat to the rights of the people of the state.

Falola, a former magistrate in the Osogbo magistrate courts of Osun State, among others, was recently appointed judge by the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the state. He was sworn in alongside two others -Ayoola Olayinka and David Oladimeji on Tuesday.

It would be recalled that when Falola was shortlisted, the Osun State Civil Societies’ Coalition Against Rights Violation (OSCARV) petitioned the National Judiciary Council (NJC), complaining of his alleged partisanship, against members of opposition political parties in the state when he was a magistrate.

He was alleged in the petition of being a willing tool for the heart of, what the human rights bodies termed, the Oyinlola political repression and shenanigan on the opposition.

OSCARV pleaded with the NJC and the body of benchers to stop the appointment of Falola as a judge, claiming that due to his past track record of vengeful dispensation of justice, and display of partisanship”, his appointment would be a minus to the dispensation of justice in the state.

But despite the dust raised in the petition, Oyinlola went ahead to approve the appointment of Falola.

However, the CDWR insisted that the appointment of Falola had shown the Governor Oyinlola lack of respect for human rights, adding that the nomination was not in the interest of the people of the state.

According to the group, Falola’s appointment is a big shame, saying that his antecedent as a magistrate has suggested that he would perform as a corrupt judge.

The CDWR, which took the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state to the cleaners over the controversial appointment, insisted that Oyinlola had not applied wisdom in his decision.

The group recalled how it said Falola was famous for slamming summary detention on some politicians on the opposition side of the state government, only to admit them to bail on stringent conditions.

The human rights body condemned how the present administration ignored the petition sent to the NJC over Falola’s nomination, insisting on getting back to the council to know what had happened to the petition.

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

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