Magistrates in Osun State will go on an indefinite strike after the police refused to arrest the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi; and the Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye on several court orders.
The duo of traditional rulers are wanted in Magistrate Aluko’s court for alleged wire scam popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo but have defied several summons to appear in an Osun magistrates court since last year.
In a letter signed by Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria, Osun State branch after their last meeting, the Chief Registrar of Osun State High Court, Mr. Lawrence Arojo, petitioned,
“At Chief Magistrate’s Court 2, Osogbo, the 1st Respondent, Oluwo of Iwo, refused to appear before court on four consecutive occasions despite an order of the court for him to appear. A bench warrant was therefore issued against him the fourth time the matter was heard.
“Instead of the Oluwo of Iwo appearing in court or the police effecting his arrest, the Oluwo of Iwo using various media, proceeded to cast aspersions on the character and integrity of the Magistrate and the judiciary at large.
“He specifically mentioned on social media and pages of newspapers that the Magistrate is retarded, unfit to be on the bench and a disgrace to the judiciary; that he would issue a traditional warrant of arrest against the Magistrate and would never appear before his court.
“We humbly state that with prevalent threat to the security of Magistrates as exemplified in the events of Iwo and Osogbo, we consider our lives unsafe and may be unable to continue sitting in our various stations, which may affect us entertaining any new charge from the office of the Commissioner of Police until the Commissioner of Police has complied with your Lordship’s directives.”