CDHR seeks review of panel to probe Aregbesola

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The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights has called

for the review of the committe set up by the Osun State

House of Assembly to probe the allegations of financial

recklessness leveled against Governor Rauf Aregbesola by

Justice Folahanmi Oloyede.

The CDHR made the call in a statement signed and made

available to our correspondent in Osogbo, on Monday, by its

Chairman, Akinkunmi Asifat and Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Ismaeel Uthman.

The group seeks inclusion of members of the Peoples

Democratic Party in the House of Assembly,

representatives of trade unions; civil servants and Judicial

Service Commission in the panel to make its report

acceptable to everybody.

The statement read, ” There is need for the House of

Assembly to constitute a credible committee whose reports

would be acceptable to all without any iota of doubt or

confusion on the allegations leveled against the governor.

“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.”

The CDHR also urged the lawmakers to ensure that a

thorough investigation is carried out into the judge’s

petition to ascertain its veracity while urging those

demanding the resignation of the judge to stop the call until

after the report of the panel.

“We are also using this medium to warn members of the

public, particularly politicians from humiliating and

attacking the judge, and against any act capable of running

down her person and dignity as a judicial officer and a

woman.

“We see the call for the resignation of the judge and her

sanction by National Judicial Council as premature. The

call, to us, is expected to come after the House of

Assembly found out the petition is either frivolous or lacking

in credibility. We need to see the outcome of the petition

before passing judgment on Justice Folahanmi,” he added.

It will be recalled that the Minority Leader at the House, Mr.

Oladejo Makinde, who is a member of the PDP had raised

an objection to the composition of the panel which was

inaugurated by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr.

Najeem Salaam, last Thursday.


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