N500 million suit: Governor Ajimobi, others seek out of court settlement

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state

The claimants alleged that policemen attached to the convoy of Governor Ajimobi, attacked, harassed, intimidated and beat him up on the instruction of the governor.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of  Oyo State  as well as other respondents on Wednesday  said they are seeking an out of court settlement in a N500 million damage suit instituted against them  by a lawyer, Fatai Adeosun.

The counsel to the respondents, Olumide Ojo, told the court that the Attorney-General of the state, Adebayo Ojo, had informed her that the process of settling the matter out of court was on going.

Ms. Ojo said she had been directed to inform the court about the latest development, adding that the hearing of the matter could not commence based on this development.

The claimant’s counsel, Toba Olorunfemi, confirmed Ms.  Ojo’s submission, saying the attorney -general had intervened in the matter and resolved for out of court settlement.

Other respondents in the suit are an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Adesoji Adedosu; as well as two Sergeants, Abubakar Mude and Paul Audu.

Justice Olajumoke Aiki adjourned the case till April 23 for report of settlement.

Mr. Adeosun had filed the suit against Governor Ajimobi following damages he allegedly suffered due to the actions of police officers attached to the governor’s convoy.

Mr. Adeosun alleged that Messrs. Adedosu, Mude and Audu, all attached to Mr. Ajimobi’s convoy, attacked, harassed, intimidated and beat him up on the instruction of the governor.

He said the incident took place while he was driving his car at Mokola area of Ibadan.

The complainant said when he saw the convoy of the governor in the area, he had slowed down and swerved to the extreme left side of the road.

Mr. Adeosun said that even with the effort he made to avoid  the convoy, one of the buses still hit his car and pushed it to the median of the road.

He added that a police truck in the convoy marked “Escort  1” also blocked his car.

The complainant said armed policemen numbering more than 18 jumped down from the truck and dragged him out of his car.

Mr. Adeosun said he was locked up at the Mokola Police Station, adding that he was not allowed to lock his car which resulted in the loss of N100, 300 cash and other valuables.

He said that the incident happened on November 11, 2013, adding that “the conduct of the respondents constitutes an infringement of my right to free access to public road.”

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