BREAKING: Ekiti shuts all state courts indefinitely after pro-Fayose thugs attack judge

Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor.

Authorities in Ekiti State on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of all state courts there after political thugs backing the governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, descended on a court, attacking a judge and other staff.

The assailants attacked Justice John Adeyeye, beating him up and ripping his clothes for being allegedly rude to Mr. Fayose.

The pandemonium that ensued scuttled the Ekiti State Governorship Election petition Tribunal sitting billed for the day at the High court, Ado-Ekiti, as judicial workers abandoned their duty post and ran for safety, witnesses and the state judiciary authority said.

The state Chief Judge, A. Daramola, ordered all state courts to remain closed until adequate security measures are in place, a statement signed by the Chief Registrar, Obafemi Fasanmi, said.

“The chief judge has noted with increasing concern the spate of attacks perpetrated by political thugs and their persistent presence in the premises of the high court Ado Ekiti in the past few days,” the statement said.

The attack on the court was the second of the week after thugs stormed another court in Ado Ekiti on Monday and attacked the judge, O. Ogunyemi, the statement added.

“The sitting was disrupted and taken over. The judge was ferried to safety by police after he was threatened by the militants,” it said.

The registrar said police officers who were at the court on Thursday did nothing to stop the second attack.

“On Thursday, another set of thugs invaded the premises of a court presided over by J.O Adedeye by beating up and tearing his suit while police on guard looked unconcerned and uninterested as judges, magistrates, and other members of staff had to run for their lives while court properties were damaged.

“The court room of the Hon. Chief Judge was not spared the orgy in the orgy of assault and destruction as members of staff attached to his office were beaten up and his court record book torn into pieces by these political thugs who also invaded and disrupted proceedings at the election petition tribunal within the High Court premises in Ado Ekiti,” the statement said.

Witnesses had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES how pro-Fayose thugs besieged the court premises as early as 6a.m.
Justice Adeyeye of High Court 3, who was miffed by the huge number of the thugs as they surged towards the court premises had approached Mr. Fayose and urged him to prevail on “his supporters” to keep a safe distance from the court premises, the witnesses said.

An enraged Mr. Fayose was said to have shouted the judge down. Immediately, thugs numbering about 20 pounced on Justice Adeyeye, beat him up and tore his clothes, while his co-workers scampered and shouted for help.

Justice Adeyeye was taken away for medical attention at a private hospital in Ado-Ekiti.

Barbaric attack

Meanwhile, a non –governmental organisation, Society for the Protection of Law and Justice, has described as barbaric Monday’s attack on judges, lawyers and workers at the court.

The group said a situation where judicial workers were assaulted in the courtroom and premises, in the course of their work, “is most condemnable”.

The group in the statement signed by its General Secretary, Peter Adebayo, said a situation where political violence is carried out in a court premises is anarchy at its peak, a development he said constitutes a serious threat to the nascent democracy.

The group called on relevant judicial bodies and security agencies to carry out a thorough investigation into the crisis and ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.

On allegations that some legal practitioners and policemen also aided the attack, the group said such officers should be punished if found to be culpable.

The statement reads in part, “The society condemns in strong terms Monday’s attack on judges, judicial workers and litigants at the High Court, Ado-Ekiti.

“That attack on the temple of justice is hooliganism carried too far. It is an ill wind that will not do anyone any good. And all lovers of peace, democracy and development in the country should rise in unison to condemn this barbaric act.

“Every decent society is governed by rules and laws and the court is to interpret such laws. And there are several provisions in the law to address any seeming case of injustice instead of resorting to self-help.

“We will advise all parties in the case to allow peace reign in the state and present their cases as responsible as possible, just as we warn politicians live by examples.”


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  • fayrouz

    I know the federal government won’t do anything because he is a member of pdp. If he truely win the election why didn’t he wait for the judge he need to be sacked

  • Ahmed Arsenal Abubakar

    Can someone tell me, is this what the #EkitiDecides? My Ekiti ppl, if this is what u decided then I must say ur Gov. Elect is nothing but Sen. Ali modu Sheriff in disguise.

  • Mr Igbo Sanity

    Of course fayose DID NOT WIN the election. That is why with jonathan’s police goons watching, a 2nd judge in less than one week is beaten up by fayose thugs. Now the world know as we had been saying that jonathan sent 60,000 security to chase APC agents away so that pdp can write the result.

  • Mr Igbo Sanity

    Rest be assured APC has the wild card. They WILL impeach fayose for no reason and the haven will not fall!

  • Dansia

    IN SEARCH OF A STRONG JUDICIARY

    “Ekiti state needs a strong judiciary”, it is often said, but now, i think we can see why.
    Judges of the courts running away like this is not my understanding of strong judiciary.
    Or does the phrase ‘strong judiciary’ mean quickly closing shop and scampering for safety?
    I don’t think so. A strong judiciary must be mentally and physically strong to deter all threats.

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      Ekiti does not have Ekiti police. the police watching 3 judges beat up in one week are jonathan private goons wearing police uniform!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Very simplistic interpretation of a fundamental aphorism!!!

  • paul

    ,,,and the saying goes, people deserves the kind of leadership they get. Ekiti and Ogbomosho people are betrayers amongst the Yoruba race, we told them before the election to shine their eyes, Am sure they can never be happy with this kind of nonsense.pls don’t forget you still have four fresh years to cope with this rubbish of a leader, enjoy it!

    • Parrot

      True, Ekiti State got what they wanted and deserved what they are getting now, this is just the beginning.

  • Comfortkay

    This is how Fayose and his cronies thugs will run Ekiti State for the next four years and we call this democracy.

  • Jamoh

    Someone should please tell APC and Gov, Fayemi that they should let Ayo Fayose be. They should stop manipulating the judiciary to deny Fayose the Governorship which he won clearly. The PDP do not steal mandate from the back door once they loose an election they go back and prepare for the next election, why cant APC do same. Oshiomole won in Edo State and the PDP did not even go to court, same thing happened in Ondo. APC should learn to accept defeat. I wonder what will happen after they must have lost the 2015 Presidential elections? Let us wait till then, if they must fight they and their wives, children and their cronies alone will fight because when they get to office those are the only people who benefit from them. Whoever knows that his or her life is of no value can die for nothing.

    • King Carlos

      So… Adamawa or Nassarawa states are not in your political map? PDP are scared or being roasted in the fire they help set up.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      This is the most irresponsible statement of the day! Can’t people who have nothing to say just keep quiet? Judiciary is being attacked and one person with the improbable name of Jamoh is more concerned about a fellow who, in any decent society, should be behind bars. Wonders will never end.

    • Omo Akin

      You are a liar. The army general (PDP) who lost to Oshiomole went to court and lost in court. I remember that man raised the issue that Oshiomole had no High School certificate. In Ondo, both Olusola Oke (PDP) and Akeredolu (ACN) went to court and lost. The persons who filed the case against Fayode filed the action before the election. That same court which Fayose and his thugs attacked refused to issue an interim order to stop Fayose from contesting the election. That clearly shows that the judge maintained his independence and impartiality. Is Fayose now afraid that the citizens who filed the action have a good case against him? For the judiciary bashers, a time will come in their life when they will come to the judiciary for protection. Write this down. It will not be long when Fayose will be asking the court for protection. The man apparently did not learn any lesson from his first travail.

  • Gbo_lee

    Ekiti has clearly taken fifty steps backwards by electing Fayose…how can a man expected to be governor sponsor thugs to disrupt the process of law? Absolutely unthinkable…and Im sure the people are watching and listening

    • Mohstone

      You are right my brother. The people brought this wrath upon themselves. And they shall live with it for God knows how long !!!! Just because Fayose can buy corn by the road side and gist with thugs make him a perfect gov ??? They said he blended with the common man thats why they voted for him. Well, its time for them to start reaping what they sowed in the ballot boxes.

  • Ishani

    NIGERIA UNDER THE RULE OF THIEVES

    I think it was Seyi Olu Awofeso who warned Nigerians that
    once their country’s politics is equated with stealing, as it is today – where no
    public accounts are rendered to the people – the effect will be deadly violence,
    because “stealing is a violent activity”.

    Now we can see that pristine truth unfolding. To me, the beating
    of this Ekiti Judge is a warning shot and a portent of deadlier violence
    to come in the next few weeks all across the country.

    I actually see mass killings in the wake of the politics of thefts
    in Nigeria. Political parties in Nigeria, without exception are
    comprised of career criminals intent on stealing the treasury. In that contest
    of rogues voters are invited to choose their preferred thieves. Nigeria
    declines and falls whichever gang of thieves is selected at the polls. This is
    not democracy. Nigeria is now fully under the rule of thieves.

    • Tunsj

      Well put, Ishani. But you forgot to say that Nigeria is now fully under the rule of THUGS. Nigeria is doomed.

    • Mohstone

      I agree with you totally.