By Sunmola Olowookere
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye has called for investigation into the allegation of abuse of office against the State Chief Judge, Justice Olutoyin Akeredolu.
The investigation was spurred by a viral video by Olupelumi Fagboyegun who claimed that the Chief Judge had used her office to remand him behind the bar for three years.
In the said video, the petitioner claimed to be the son of the late businessman and cocoa merchant, Rev. Cannon Jide Fagboyegun, father of the State Chief Judge.
Fagoyegun alleged in the video that Justice O.O. Akeredolu used the state judiciary and courts to persecute and keep him in custody for three years on trumped up criminal allegation of unlawful entry into his father’s house.
“Even if I was convicted of this crime, it only carries one year prison penalty but I am being on open remand for the past three years. This case has been going on for the past three years because the Chief Judge is using her power to influence the judicial system, I have been unable to get justice. They have changed judges five times, they have re-arraigned me five times, they have changed their charges five times and up till today February 15, 2021, that I am talking to you the case is still pending please come and rescue me.”
He also accused the state government of being part of the grand design to persecute him and pleaded with the Chief Justice of the country to rescue him from the hands of Ondo State judiciary” that is being ran like a family affair that if you don’t know anybody you cannot get justice. The Ondo State government cannot help me because the Ondo State government is a family business.”
Speaking on the allegation, the Attorney General said he has directed the Department of Public Prosecution to commence investigation into the matter which would be thorough, fair and transparent to preserve the integrity of the court and the judiciary which remain the last hope of the common man.
The Chief Judge of Ondo State, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu, in her reaction denied the allegation against her by Mr. Olupelumi Fagboyegun, who claimed that the CJ ordered his remand for three years without trial.
Justice Akeredolu said the matter was the handiwork of some persons who were using Fagboyegun against her family.
She also said Fagboyegun had a paternity issue with her family.
She said two years after her father died, somebody bearing his name filed a suit against her mum, two of her brothers, and the eldest male of her father’s family, stating that they should exhume her father’s body and do a DNA because Olupelumi alleged to be her father’s son.
She said he (Olupelumi) filed a Writ of Summons which was served on her mum which itself made her mum felt agitated and embarrassed.
According to her, a lawyer who filed the Writ told her that Fagboyegun alleged that he was born in the household of her grandmother; and that, his mother was living with her (CJ) grandmother when he was born.
She said, “One or two years after my mum died, he went to one of my father’s premises, where my cousin wanted to establish a poultry farm. One morning, he went with thugs wielding cutlasses but he was prevented from entering the premises.”
She alleged that Olupelumi also came with thugs and cutlasses wanting to take over one of their premises, adding that her cousin responded by inviting the police to arrest him.
She stressed that the matter had nothing to do with her.
When asked which prison the petitioner was being kept as claimed by him, the Commissioner for Justice said he could not say but he knew that the petitioner had been appearing in court, assuring that the investigation will enable government get to the root of the matter.