A group, the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State, Tuesday slammed lawyer-activist, Femi Falana, and the National Judicial Commission, NJC, of playing up the alleged tryst of an Osun state judge, Folahanmi Oloyede.
A woman, Emily Obiere, through a petition she wrote to the NJC accused Oloyede of being in a licentious affair with her husband, Richard Obiere, since 2011, and that she plans to snatch him from her. But the coalition societies upbraided Falana, who is Emily’s counsel, for his role, accusing him of surreptitiously working for Governor Rauf Aregbesola due to accusations of financial recklessness Oleyede made against the governor.
The group chided the NJC of turning itself to a customary court for the settlement of marriage disputes, while also accusing the council of “falling into the antics of politicians” for its interest in the matter.
The coalition said it earlier uncovered and reported the a N4.7 billion slush fund by Aregebesola’s supporters to bribe NJC members, adding that the body’s involvement suggests “the NJC will be able to watch (sic) its linen clean in the messy Osun affairs”.
“Justice Oloyede has the right to love and marry whoever she wants under the law and has the right to practise her religion without any hindrance. We wonder how many family matters NJC will need to settle among several judges in the federation”, the group stated in a statement signed by Adeniyi Sulaiman and Theophilus Ayodeji, its chairman and director of mobilisation respectively.