By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”A Federal high court sitting in Abuja, yesterday renewed its order directing the Justice Kayode Somolu-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry into disturbances at Ijebu-Ife to suspend sitting.
The court also renewed its directive to the Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga DanielÂ to stop the dissolution of theÂ Ijebu-East Local Government Council following the fracas that broke out in Okeliwo.
Okeliwo is a district within Ijebu-Ife which resulted in the death of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Omolodun Oladokun and several others.
Although Justice Garuba Umar said he was not issuing an injunctive order, he nevertheless said all the parties to a suitÂ filed by the Chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye and all the councillors in the local government should maintain the status quo.
He explained the order of staus quo thus, â€œThis means that the panel should not sit until the court has decided all applications pending before it.â€
The implication of the order of the court for parties to maintain the staus quo is that the panel which had treated the court with disdain should stop sitting while the state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel should also not go ahead with alleged plans to dissolve the council in question.
The court expressed concern that Justice Somolu, a retired chief judge of Ogun State would allow the panel he headed to continue sitting when he was aware that the panel had been taken to court even if no injunctive order has been issued against the panel.
The judge said, â€œThe mere fact that parties have submitted to the jurisdiction of this court is enough to tell them that they ought not to do anything to destroy the res. If I may ask, why the rush? People have been killed. So what will happen if the panel exercises a little delay to allow this court determine the issue before it?â€
At the hearing of the case yesterday, counsel to the Ogun State Governor, Chief Adegboyaga Awomolo, SAN, asked the court to set aside all the processes because his clients were not properly served with the courtâ€™s papers.
He told the court that anything done in respect of the matter when there had been no proper service amounted to a nullity.
But counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr. Olagoke Fakunle, SAN, insisted that the defendants were properly served.