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Court Bars Osun Govt From Arresting State NBA Chairman

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The Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has barred the state government from arresting or prosecuting the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ilesa Branch, Kanmi Ajibola.

Members of the branch had approached the court asking for an ex-parte order restraining Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the state agents from victimising Ajibola over the issue of tax or any other related matter pending the determination of the suit filed challenging the constitutionality of the State Tax Law.

A lawyer, Nathaniel Folorunso, who led 32 of his colleagues, argued that granting the injunctive application should be considered necessary based on the situation at hand with the affidavits and exhibits attached to it.

In his 43 page affidavits, Ajibola, a human right activist claimed that the Governor has vindictively, speculatively imposed a heavy tax of over N5.3 million on him.

He said in January 2018 alone, he was issued a bill of N577,000 as tax, adding that “the imposition of which is unprecedented to any person or persons in my class and cadre”.

He explained that most of his cases were being handled pro-bono and he had to engage in farming to support himself and care for his family.

According to him, the number of cases he has instituted against the governor had left him “too embittered”.

He informed the court of four of the cases which had to do with the financial independence of the judiciary, the renaming of the state as ‘State of Osun’ by the government and the sacking of workers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital.

 

“For the above-referred cases and some others that are still pending in various Courts, the Governor of Osun State has decided to brutally deal with me,” Ajibola said.

He said he was prompted to raise the alarm about his safety when on March 5, 2018, he got “a security hint” of a plot by the government against.

He alleged that the government planned to bring trumped-up charges against him in a bid to get him imprisoned and poisoned.

Should that fail to work, he said the plan was to assassinate him.

He subsequently reported the alleged threat to the NBA, Ilesa Branch.

Delivering his ruling, Justice Kola Adegoke ordered the governor and his officials to refrain from victimising, persecuting, causing the arrest, arraignment, prosecution of Ajibola in his court or any other court, on a tax or other related matters pending the hearing and determination of a substantive case before him.

Justice Adegoke ordered that all necessary papers be served on the defendant and adjourned the matter to April 16 for further hearing.

Meanwhile, the NBA, Ilesa Branch has petitioned the Inspector General of Police IGP, the Director-General of State Security Service (SSS) and the NBA at the national level over the alleged threat to the life of Barrister Ajibola.

The lawyers stated that based on the information available to them, including that received from Ajibola, they could no longer keep quiet over the matter.

In the petition signed by NBA, Ilesa Branch Secretary, Olayinka Sokoya, the association urged that the petition is treated with utmost diligence and swiftness “as we do not wish to wait until the threat is carried out”.