A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has barred the Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, from sacking the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu on an allegation of professional misconduct.
Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo in a judgment, held that the governor and five others seeking to remove the Chief Judge from office without recourse to the National Judicial Council, NJC, lacked constitutional powers to do so.
The Judge consequently granted an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the governor and five others from probing, investigating or tampering with activities of Justice Akeredolu in the discharge of her official duties.
Justice Ekwo dismissed the claims of the governor and the Attorney General of Ondo State, that the Chief Judge was opinionated and speculative.
Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu in the suit filed on her behalf by Mr Jibrin Okutepa ,contended that the Ondo State Governor, the AG and the House of Assembly lacked the powers under the Constitution to investigate the Chief Judge for any allegation of professional misconduct.
Okutepa argued that it is the NJC that has such powers, but was not investigating presently.
The plaintiff stated that her rights to fair hearing and judicial duty and functions are likely to be contravened by the defendants, except the NJC, and the court intervenes.
This is coming after a video by Mr Olupelumi Fagboyegun was published online, alleging that the Chief Judge, instigated his detention for three years, a claim the then AG of Ondo state said he investigated and found to be false.