By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA – Another attempt by former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, Wednesday to stall Ogun Truth Commission established to probe into deaths, disappearance, kidnapping and assassinations of persons during his reign suffered a set back, as the commission dismissed his motion to restrain it from sitting.
The five-man Truth Commission led by a retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Pius Aderemi, dismissed Daniel’s oral application brought before it through one of his counsel, Yemi Oke, asking members of the commission to adjourn indefinitely, pending the hearing and determination of an appeal filed before the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan.
The Commission which had its inaugural sitting in Isabo court 7,in Abeokuta, yesterday, described Daniel’s application of stay of proceeding as un-meritorious and thereby struck out the application for lack of merit.
Governor Amosun had on September 14 set-up the Commission to unravel cases of deaths, kidnapping, disappearance and assassination of people in the state between January 2003 and May 29, 2011, but was later stalled by Daniel, when he got a court order restraining it from holding its sitting.
Giving his ruling, Aderemi said, Daniel’s counsel has failed to convince the commission, members of the commission were personally served as persons affected by the appeal with the notice of appeal and the motion on notice.
Reacting on the point of law, Daniel’s counsel submitted that, he has served the counsel on record by that the Attorney-General of the state, Wemimo Ogunde, SAN, and also the secretary to the commission, he said that he has no dispute with the memoranda filed, if there is a dispute, it is with the terms of reference.
The commission which gave its ruling against Daniel said, the bone of contention was whether or not the commission should adjourn its sitting abiding the determination of the motion on notice, filed at the court of appeal on the 28 November, 2011 by Daniel.