July 10, 2024

Investigate Osun speaker over alleged criminal acts – NBA petitions police commissioner

Osun Assembly, Bill

Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

The leadership of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA Osogbo branch, has demanded that the Osun State Police Commissioner investigate the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Wale Egbedun for a criminal act, obstructing the execution of court judgement.

The speaker was allegedly said to have impeded the execution of a court judgement and supervised assault on a lawyer, Yusuf Adesina and a court bailiff by his aide, an allegation the speaker has refuted.

However, the NBA, in a petition dated July 5, 2024 referenced NBA/OS/CP/2024/002 signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Yemi Abiona and Ibrahim Hassan respectively, disclosed that the action of the speaker by obstructing execution of a court judgement amounted to perverting court judgement.

While frowning at the action of the speaker for invading the scene of the execution of the judgement, the association urged the Osun Police commissioner to investigate and refer the matter to a competent court of law for prosecution.

“Our said colleague, Muideen Adeshina Yusuf Esq. Is one of the Counsel for the Gbaemu Royal family of Osogbo and the Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor in Suit NO: HOS/92/2021 PRINCE OLALEKAN SALAMI V.s THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, OSUN STATE &ORS. in which judgment was delivered in 2022.

“Consequent upon the said judgment and the refusal of the judgment debtors including the Governor of Osun State and others to deliver peaceful possession of the piece of land which was the subject of litigation, our colleagues rightly commenced the process of executing the said judgment. Approval was thereafter given by the appropriate Court officials after which police protection was sought and granted by your humble self.

“Hon. Egbedun’s action of deliberate obstruction of execution of the valid judgment of the Court of competent jurisdiction can be likened to the situation of waging war against the judicial arm of the state and waging war against the state which is criminalised under Section 37 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 2, Laws of Osun State. It is an act of abuse of office contrary to the provision of Section 104 of the Criminal Code.

“The speaker is mandated by the provision of Section 287(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) which he sworn to upon elected as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly to ensure that the decision of a High Court and all other courts established by the constitution is enforced in any part of the federation contrary to Hon. Egbedun’s action of deliberate obstruction of enforcement of the judgment of an High Court of Osun State.

“The assault melted on our colleague is also criminalised under the criminal code law for which your office is mandated to investigate and any culprit brought before a competent court for prosecution. Hon. Egbedun cannot in any way be above the law and his actions on 5th July 2024 be subjected to thorough investigation and subsequently refer to appropriate court for prosecution”, it said.