Pro-Fayose thugs invade Ekiti court, chase away judge, beat up litigants

Mr. Niyi Ajakaiye , one of the victims of the attack by suspected PDP thugs in Ado -Ekiti on Monday

Hoodlums believed to be loyal to the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, on Monday stormed the state High court, beat up litigants and chased away the trial judge in the case challenging the eligibility of the Governor-elect in the June 21 election.

The case was brought by E-11, a group opposed to the emergence of Mr. Fayose as governor.

Pandemonium started when the trial judge, Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi, ruled earlier in the day that the court  had jurisdiction to hear the matter and subsequently ordered the two parties to prepare for hearing in the case by 1pm.

E-ELEVEN VICTIM 2 Mr. Femi Ajayi, one of the e-Eleven members attacked by suspected PDP hoodlums at the high court, Ado-Ekiti.
E-ELEVEN VICTIM 2
Mr. Femi Ajayi, one of the e-Eleven members attacked by suspected PDP hoodlums at the high court, Ado-Ekiti.

When the court resumed by 1p.m, the hoodlums descended on the court, unleashing terror on the judge, lawyers and workers of the court.

The hoodlums swooped on the complex in their numbers and beat everybody in sight.

Witnesses said police officers at the scene of the incident failed to check the invaders and restore order.

In the process some lawyers, litigants and workers in the complex received serious beating which led to serious injuries.

The hoodlums, witnesses said,  laid siege on the court premises and dared any judge to hear the case.

Journalists covering the case were also attacked and chased away.

Some of the injured litigants and members of the anti-Fayose group, the E-eleven, were rushed to a nearby hospital where they are receiving treatment.

Reacting to the incident, the Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Jide Awe, told THE PUNCH, “We are back to the Idi Amin era in Ekiti where judges and lawyers are attacked in court. This is terrible.

“But the APC has no case in the court and we were not there to witness the attack.”

In his own reaction, the PDP Publicity Secretary, Kola Oluwawole, accused Justice Ogunyemi of bias and asked him disqualify himself from the case.

“The judge openly demonstrated in his ruling that he has jurisdiction on the matter and simultaneously commenced hearing of the matter without giving the respondent the opportunity to signify an appeal,” Mr. Oluwawole told THE PUNCH.

“The PDP also condemns the barbaric action of the APC thugs who attacked voters that voluntarily voted for Ayo Fayose in the last governorship election.

On Tuesday, the litigant, E-Eleven, issued a statement describing the incident as representing another low for Ekiti State.

“This ugly episode represents another low in the image of Ekiti in the eyes of the world. Gradually Ekiti is once again becoming a laughing stock while our claim to honour, integrity and intellectual sophistication is being thrown to the dogs,” the group said through its chairman, Femi Ajiniran.

“To us, this is a big shame! Our long cherished values were once debased and nearly destroyed. It has taken some effort thus far to redeem those values. Another era of value wreckage is again at hand.”

Read the full statement by E-11 below.

The Assault on Judiciary in Ekiti

( A Statement by E11)

After a prolonged delay occasioned perhaps by the annual vacation of the judiciary, the presiding Judge in Ekiti eventually ruled on the preliminary objection raised by Mr. Fayose on the eligibility case in respect of his candidacy in the Ekiti Governorship election placed by members of E-11 before the judiciary for determination. For us, we believe this was the civilized and cultured step to take in a matter of this constitutional significance.

Regrettably and as if to confirm our fears of an impending anarchist era worse than was once witnessed in Ekiti, a group of hoodlums was sponsored to unleash mayhem on the court and all those who have come before the court for refuge. Our members were severely brutalized and are now lying in critical condition in the hospital. Members of the public who came innocently to witness the historic proceedings were not spared this gang assault and brutality by this group of anarchists. But even more disturbing and horrendous is the attack on the officers of the court who were merely performing their constitutional duty. As we write, that presiding Judge has fled the State for fear of his life!

This ugly episode represents another low in the image of Ekiti in the eyes of the world. Gradually Ekiti is once again becoming a laughing stock while our claim to honour, integrity and intellectual sophistication is being thrown to the dogs. To us, this is a big shame! Our long cherished values were once debased and nearly destroyed. It has taken some effort thus far to redeem those values. Another era of value wreckage is again at hand.

Any true democrat not giving freely to brigandage as a way of life would and should know that opportunity exists up to the Supreme Court to challenge the appropriateness of any judicial pronouncement at any lower level in the judicial hierarchy. To result to violent attack on opposing litigants and officers of the court, worse still within the court premise, should be seen as not only contemptuous of the entire judiciary, but a repudiation of the very basic tripod principle that defines our government system. The Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary are the three equal legs on which our practice of democracy stands. A challenge to one is a challenge to all.

We call on the Chief Justice of the Federation to move to assure us all that protection is guaranteed for anyone seeking refuge under the judiciary. The Honourable Chief Justice would need to assure us also that Judicial and Legal officers can perform their duty free of any harassment and intimidation and they are adequately protected against the terrorism of miscreants who really have no commitment whatsoever to modern-day democratic norms, practice and culture.

We warned a while back of a grand design at the very top of our nation’s governance to unleash terror on the Southwest and turn the zone over to the stranglehold of a criminally-inclined, violence-disposed, mafia-like, Gestapo-oriented gang. We shudder to think that what has happened in Ekiti is the opening glee of this grand design. It happened before and Ekiti people rose to the occasion to reject the reign of terror. It shall be resisted and fought vigorously again if it becomes necessary. All true democrats must rise to the occasion and reject the enthronement of terror. This is the challenge we face.

Signed:
Femi Ajiniran,
Chairman


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  • Jones

    Adoption of corruption as the sole candidate in a democratic setting. This is the result, only starting. Five fingers of a leprous hand syndrome!

  • Wähala

    No sympathy from me, Ekiti people threw their human rights and decency to the winds when they elected a psychopath to lead them despite his antecedents. Belle don begin purge dem from the “stomach infrastructure” politics of PDP they bought into, at least, dis one no be Ebola dem go blame for their running ahnus… na chop-n-quench politics dey worry dem. This is not even the beginning since Fayose has not officially climbed his Oba’s Throne, swearing-in is still months ahead. This is nothing but a tough lesson for Egba land to learn from and stay away from this kinda Obasanjo-era crude politics of Do-or-Die which the PDP has since perfected into official policy & strategy. This is tragic, with Koro, Buruji and Boy Geroge, BG of Eko, things are not looking up for the S’ West unless they unanimously raise one voice of condemnation of barbaric conduct by PDP thugs…

    • Cypo

      I am not a supporter of either side in the matter but what did the Law of Fair play say? A judge claimed jurisdiction to hear a case and at the same asked both sides to come back in few hours for the case to commence. To me, that is unfair justice. He showed that he has interest in the case and may have been compromised. He was to decide about the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case and then adjourned for hearing, besides, the respondent has the right of appeal. His claim of jurisdiction to hear the case is not final.

      • Jones

        This is the reason some judges are forced by comments like this to be utterly corrupt. Our society has lost sense of hard work and justice but have conditioned their mind to official laziness. Hearing the case does not stop respondent from challenging the jurisdiction issue. But why use jurisdiction as delay tactics if you have nothing to hide?

      • Wähala

        Are you justifying mob-action with all your pontification here?
        Is the resort to thugs and violence the path to justice? What exactly is your point… I’m no lawyer and couldn’t care less who has jurisdiction or not, why the violence which is Fayose’s ati PDP modu operandi… eh?

      • Richard

        You are indeed a supporter of one of the sides. There is nothing new in a judge making this kind of rulings. Every defense lawyers tries to delay the trials of their clients by making a no case submission or argue for lack of jurisdiction. This does not mean that they are not ready for the trial. The prosecution lawyers have to make their submissions first before the defense lawyers respond. Even after the prosecution lawyers completed their submission , the defense lawyers could still ask for a no case submission and dismissal of the case or ask for adjournment to respond to the prosecution lawyers. The answer to this situation is not to beat up the judge and lawyers because even if the judge dies the case still goes on. This action of the thugs and commentators like you is rather unfortunate , and it only portrays your ignorance . What is wrong is wrong. Everyone should condemn

    • redeem

      Can any tell me how Tinubu chased late Chief Gani with thugs——————————-out of court—-? Have the Yoruba nation forgotten how Late Gani was beaten up by area boys on the orders of tinubu—-for taking him to court over his certificate forgery case–?———-Unaware——–these types of madness can only be arranged by APC—-thugs————then make it seem as if it was Fayose who organized it——-?————–this was the same APC that swore before their Orisha ati Ogun—————–that they will never go to court————————–suddenly——— suddenly——-they made their usual about turn— after consulting with tinubu—————–ati the janjaweeds in APC———————-they decided to swallow their smelly vomit–which they had earlier told us—–was worst than the dreaded ebola virus————–so wont challenge the victory of Fayose—–in court——————-Ekiti did not vote out Fayemi because of the rice and stew we saw him share to the aged——Never———–he was kicked out for outsourcing—–the daily bread of the masses of the state——–took more loans than ekiti can repay in 15 yrs—and his—refusal to listen to the voice of wisdom from the camp of the elders—-to stop d loans————like Lagos–which has a debt profile of over 600b——Happily the same trouble shooters in the media world- which goes about blacklisting comments posted by deri aka redeem——–The Almighty Punch—–now on the full pay roll of APC- in the south west—–were the guitar boys———who were assigned the job of blaming Jonathan for the mess APC ati their thugs from boko haram tried to unleash on the judiciary–in ekiti state———-without taking the pains to balance their story by hearing from the other side of the divide they rushed to town————what a shame———this is one of those- sponsored—-cut and nail journalism of APC ati Lai Mohamed—————that has become the latest signature tune of tinubu ati his janjaweeds in d south west———————————cheeeeeeeeeeeeers

      • Richard

        The brain of this guy called Redeem is so messed up that he could not think again properly. When you make a propaganda statement like this you need to substantiate it with facts. Only gullible people like you could believe your propaganda. I know you want to impress your paymasters, still you need to use your senses and stop all these robotic propaganda. When the storm blows be sure that you will be consumed with them.

        • redeem

          what is yr point———————–alpha APC

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      Ekiti DID NOT VOT FOR fayose. Jonathan used 65,000 Army and Police to rig the Ekiti election!

  • Ette

    Part of stomach infrastructure performance. Shame on the people that voted a thug to rule them.

    • Cypo

      Please bro, do not be partisan, try to be a bit rational in thinking and logical in argument on this issue. It is a matter of Constitutionality of action. To me, the Judge was wrong in his approach. It showed that he has hidden agenda or may have been induced to compromise the case.

      • Tom Thompson

        The judge is wrong, so he must be beaten up?

        • Arddey

          Mr Tom, your comment amaze me….

      • Baba Fani

        You are wrong sir. In law, there is difference between motive and intention. Their motive may be justified but the intention was criminally culpable. Disturbing public peace, battery and assault and disruption of the sitting of a court that is legally constituted.. it is criminal to all intent and purposes

  • Sekoni Adamu

    What a manner of man the PDP and bro. jona sponsored for an (s)election… Birds of the same feather. An tip of the ice barge of what to expect in 4 straight years to come?… What a pity and a shame of a nation…

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  • Olalere Yusuf

    The Governor-Elect is back with a bang. As it was during his first administration, … Your completion is as good as mine. Just A TIP OF THE ICEBERG. For anybody not a friend of the incoming administration in Ekiti, 15th of October, 2014, is your last day to hurry out of Ekiti State. Transiting from the State of Honour, to the State of Terror/Thugs/Hoodlums, whichever one, we were told the people made the choice. A STATE DESERVES THE TYPE OF GOVERNOR IT HAS.

  • Chris1408

    Animal farm. Even animals in the forest are more civilized than Nigerian politicians.

    • redeem

      was it when Obj become head of state or after

  • Ngozi nkele

    And this is the man President Jonathan CHOSE to uphold the constitution on behalf of the people of Ekikti State.

    • redeem

      he was not imposed he was elected

      • Ngozi nkele

        No Redeem, he was chosen by the 65,000 masked armed men that Jonathan sent to Ekiti.They brought the same people to Osun but the people saw what happenend in Ekiti and was better prepared.

  • Tom Thompson

    Ekiti!! You don eat rice, now you pay.

    • Wähala

      Rice ati panmo… hahahaa chei!

      • redeem

        was what fayemi shared among the aged—-igbo man

  • BABUYANMA

    Thesame thing would have happened in Osun State if that Murderer Omisore was elected.

  • redeem

    Can any tell me how Tinubu chased late Chief Gani with thugs——————————-out of court—-? Have the Yoruba nation forgotten how Late Gani was beaten by area boys on the orders of tinubu———————–these type of madness can only be arranged by APC—————then make it seem as if it was Fayose who organized it———————this was the same APC that swore before their Orisha ati Ogun—————–that they will never go to court————————–suddenly——— suddenly——-they made their usual about turn after consulting with tinubu—————–ati the janjaweeds in APC———————–to say that they will be going to the very court they had earlier sworn not visit——————————to challenge the victory of Fayose————————Ekiti did not vote out Fayemi because of the rice and stew we saw him share to the aged——Never———–he was kicked out for outsourcing—–the daily bread of the masses of the state——–took more loans than ekiti can repay in 15 yrs—and his—refusal to listen to the voice of reason—-to stop d loans————like Lagos–which has a debt profile of over 600b——Happily the same trouble shooter in the media world which goes about blacklisting comments posted by deri aka redeem——–The Punch—–now on the pay roll of APC- in the south west—–was the media misfit that was assigned the job of blaming Jonathan for the mess APC ati their thugs from boko haram tried to unleash on the judiciary–in ekiti state———-what a shame————–

    • Baba Fani

      Why are you crying more than the bereaved? For your information, head or tail, the Yoruba nation is better positioned in Nigeria body-politics. Even a moron knows that the law is no respecter of any person. it is a simple judicial process that should be allowed to run its course. Hooliganism and gangsterism should be condemned

      • redeem

        then stop taking money from the SS———————-not for u to to tell us u are better position in Nigeria yet collect revenue for thee SS————————

    • Ide4u

      Why do u keep repeating yourself? Were you born many times?

  • Uzoma

    This is what happens when a small group of vocal self-seeking activists try to use a complicit press and a corrupt judiciary to subvert the people’s will. Whether the Ekitis made a dumb choice electing Fayose or the right choice, it is their choice. Why is it so hard for so-called progressives to understand that it is the voter’s prerogative to make the wrong choice. While we must all condemn any form of violence, we would also be failing in our responsibility if we don’t condemn in very strong terms the current trend of clearly able-bodied men and women as seen in these photos refusing to engage in productive work to earn a living, preferring instead to form all manner of groups and make of fomenting trouble a full-time job.

    • Emmiseun

      Are saying that it is wrong to challenge Fayose’s purported election? We are in a democratic system of government sir and i believe people have rights to challenge any abnormalities in the society. Fayose, just like Omisore, has a case to answer and is not illegible to run for any political position in Nigeria. Instead of condemning the so-called progressives, i believe we should instead condemn the action of the hoodlum who have sold their future for a cup of rice. Fayose is a thug and i sincerely expected nothing less from him…..a thug will always be a thug

      • redeem

        u in the south west swore to give peace a chance—–in eikiti—————–we Nigerians do not care if the people of ekiti decided to vote Lucifer in as their governor————that is not the business of the stateless people in APC————–Fayemi was not even able to win his own LGA————-suddenly u turn around to want to disturb the peace of ekiti people—-again——–why cant APC organize town hall meetings on many national issues such as resource control–boko haram-.-national ID card—-fiscal federalism—-etc–all they do is to attempt to heat up the polity via———-sharia reporters or the punch———–or about the janjaweeds in boko haram————how would tinubu feel if all we do as a nation– is to discuss his forged certificate issue and the jets he bought———for himself———————how many party leaders in the SS–where the wealth of Nigeria comes from own private jets–like tinubu—————————————if fayose is a thug–then what about tinubu who hired area boys the attack late chief gani in court——–i begi make we hear better word–ojare—–

      • Uzoma

        Here’s my point, sir. Democracy comes with only one guarantee: you will get what the majority of voters want. The illusion peddled by some that a democratic system is intended to guarantee that only the best emerge is just that–an illusion. The Ekitis in their wisdom or foolishness have chosen Fayose; let’s live with it. The problem with the vast majority of the so-called progressives is that they can’t stomach the idea that maybe–just maybe–despite all their we-know-it-all posturing they may be plain misguided folks. If the choice of the Ekitis did not matter and was as dumb as you claim, how come it influenced government action in a number of SW states, including Lagos and Osun where the governors were forced to start making people-oriented choices?

        • dudu

          Your arguments only shows your support for mediocres to be entrusted with positions of governance, that, my friend is not democracy and frankly speaking, unless you change, I’m sorry for you.

    • Baba Fani

      What point are you trying to make? It is a simple judicial process that should be allowed to run its course.

      Any sane and right thinking individual should say no to barbarism and rascality.

  • redeem

    Most of u from d south west swore to give peace a chance—–in ekiti—–state————we Nigerians do not care if the people of ekiti decided to vote Lucifer in as their governor————that is not the business of the stateless people in APC————–Fayemi was not even able to win his own LGA————-suddenly u turn around to want to disturb the peace of ekiti people—-again——–why cant APC organize town hall meetings on many national issues such as resource control–boko haram-.-national ID card—-fiscal federalism—-etc–all they do is to attempt to heat up the polity via———-sharia reporters or the punch———–or rob minds on how to remove their janjaweeds boko haramic tag————how would tinubu feel if all we do as a nation– is to discuss his forged certificate issue and the 2 jets he bought———for himself———————how many party leaders in the SS–where the wealth of Nigeria comes from own private jets–like tinubu—————————————if fayose is a thug–then what about tinubu who hired area boys the attack late chief gani in court——–i begi make we hear better word–ojare—–case closed

    • Baba Fani

      you language is uncouth and you have not really conveyed any reasonable message. I think you redemption from ethnic jingoism

      • redeem

        how many from the SS also own two private jet—for a man who as a senator–could hardly be referred to as a millionaire-the people of ekiti have —————— have made their choice known to God—————————————————–no weapon fashioned against fayose will ever work against him period-

    • Arrdey Ni

      Your comments diminishes my reasoning and it could well poison it if one doesn’t desist from reading your garbage.

  • Baba Fani

    Transformation agenda at work in Ekiti state!

  • TRUTH MASTER

    When Ekiti people voted Fayose and the PDP, what did they expect? Twin trees of evil can never bear good fruits!!

  • Abate Dokpu

    This is the tragedy of the Nigerian situation. PDP has foisted impunity on the Nigerian political culture. “Nothing dey happen” is their common cliche. Human beings are are killed in broad day light and nothing happens. Nigerians must rise up and remove this cancer called PDP before it sends Nigeria to its grave.

  • SAM BABALOLA

    Redeem u have your front brain at the back of your head, and the back one in front , you have a reverse mind, always going in opposite direction , it is beyond eccentricity , it is tending toward some mental retardation . You really need help, before you enter market.
    Your contribution to issues @ hand are not always relevant . Lot of time I don’t read it , because it sounds psychotic. People should learn on this medium not to argue with a mad man , otherwise we may think both of them have brain touch or spark.

  • Man_Enough

    let ekiti people bear the burden of their wisdom.

    • Wale Reze

      Well said!!!