Dayo Johnson, Akure
IMMEDIATE past Vice Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Professor Kunle Oloyede, has petitioned the state Attorney General over the fiat granted the former state Attorney General, Remi Olatubora, to continue with a case pending before a magistrate court despite vacating the position eight months ago.
Oloyede equally asked the Office of the Attorney General not to assign the case to the Magistrate sitting on the case, as the case has been reassigned to another judge following the deployment of the initial magistrate to the Finance Department of the Justice Ministry.
He prayed the Attorney General not to grant the two fiats in the interest of justice, fairness, equity and protection of the common man human right, saying granting the fiats would amount to a clear attempt to corrupt the justice process.
The petitioner had been dragged to court by the proprietor of Elizade University, Chief Micheal Ade Ojo, for alleged fraudulent practices, stealing, obtaining money under false pretence and felony in an award of contract by the university and was remanded in prison for ten days.
Oloyede in the petition said, “We have the ex-Attorney General issuing a FIAT to his own chamber on a state-related matter where he was the Chief Law Officer, without any regard for the principle of conflict of interest, his oath of office and professional responsibility to ensure justice is delivered without fear, bias or favour.
“I pray that you remove Mr Olatubura from his current role of sitting and providing notes to the prosecuting lawyer Mr Ogidan as he is no longer involved in this matter. His continued influence is a clear attempt to corrupt the justice process.
“While I unreservedly understand the need for this drawn out case to come to an end soon and accept your professional competence, I question the moral and legal basis of issuing a fiat to the ex-Chief Magistrate, Mr Ayodeji Akinsanya, to continue hearing this case.
“The said magistrate, in my observation and experience in his court, has demonstrated bias and eagerness to acquiesce with the prosecutor (I have identified this group as the prosecuting one since it is clear that state has been practically missing in action) so far.”