Committee for the Defence of Human Rights demands a review of the probe panel by the state House of Assembly to investigate the petition by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede against Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) in the State yesterday demanded for the review of the probe panel set up by the state House of Assembly to investigate the petition written by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede against Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
CDHR noted that the fairness and transparency of the probe panel, as constituted, was doubtful going by the fact that the committee comprises of only members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who may be sympathetic to Aregbesola and their party.
The human rights group wanted the panel to include the state Head of Service, representative of the Judicial Service Commission, Trade Unions and minority members of the House of Assembly.
In a press statement signed by its Chairman, Comrade Akinkunmi Asifat and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Ismaeel Uthman, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo, CDHR stressed that the House of Assembly need to constitute a credible committee whose reports would be acceptable to all without any iota of doubt or confusion on the allegations level against the governor.
The group stated further that it is logical to have people of different political parties, trade unions, civil servants and representative of Judicial Service Commission for proper representation of all the parties involved or that have shown interest in the state. Speaking on the calls for the resignation and sanction of Justice Folahanmi, the group said that it was premature to make the call since the House of Assembly was yet to investigate the petition before it.
CDHR maintained that not until the legislature made its reports on the petition known to the public, it would amount to an act of harassment and intimidation to call for the resignation or sanction of the judge.
Their words: “It is obvious that, before a judge could come up with 36 pages petition against a sitting government, there must be gripping evidence and undeniable facts at her disposal to proof the allegations she raised in the petition. “It will be highly erroneous and insensible for a judge to write a petition on the basis of rumour, assumptions and hearsay.
We believe there is more to the petition than it appears. So, we urged the lawmakers in the House of Assembly to thoroughly investigate the petition.