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Assault: NBA writes CP, calls for Osun Speaker’s arrest

The Nigeria Bar Association, Osogbo Branch, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Abba, demanding the investigation and prosecution of the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Wale Egbedun, for allegedly obstructing the execution of court docket judgment.

A lawyer, Muideen Adesina, had accused Egbedun of supervising assault on him whereas executing a court docket judgement in Osogbo final Friday.

Adesina, throughout an interview with journalists, mentioned he had joined some police operatives and a court docket bailiff to execute a court docket order round 9:30 am at Government Technical College, Osogbo for some individuals to vacate a chunk of land when Egbedun responding to the decision by these affected by the order, got here to the scene and stopped the execution of the judgement.

The authorized practitioner additional mentioned whereas making an attempt to elucidate why the order should the executed as directed by the court docket to the speaker, Egbedun received offended and folks on the scene, in addition to safety aides hooked up to the lawmaker, assaulted him.

The lawyer mentioned he was later taken away from the scene by an operative of the Department of State Security hooked up to the speaker, in a car in Egbedun’s convoy, who advised him he did that to avoid wasting him from extra beating.

But Chief Press Secretary to the speaker, Tiamiyu Olamide, whereas reacting to the allegations, faulted the lawyer’s declare, saying his principal didn’t order anybody to beat Adesina.

Tiamiyu, who mentioned the speaker’s safety aide rescued the lawyer from the mob that had descended on him, added that when Egbedun and his entourage arrived on the scene, they met Adesina and people working with him eradicating roofs over some individuals’s retailers.

He additional mentioned, “The Speaker by no means assaulted anybody on the scene. The speaker was referred to as this morning by some residents that some individuals have been at their place to forcefully eject them from the land. He drove all the way down to the scene. When he received there, he mentioned with the chief of police operatives he met on the bottom.

“The speaker called a senior officer who was not at the scene and handed the phone to the officer on duty at the scene. After that, the security men withdrew from the area.”

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In a brand new twist to the matter, NBA in a letter dated July 5, 2024, demanded Egbedun’s arrest and prosecution for obstructing the execution of court docket judgement.

In the letter signed by chairman and secretary of the Association, Messers Yemi Abiona and Ibrahim Hassan, the NBA defined that Adesina is a counsel to Gbaemu Royal household of Osogbo and the Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor in Suit NO: HOS/92/2021 PRINCE OLALEKAN SALAMI V.s THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, OSUN STATE &ORS, through which judgment was delivered in 2022.

Consequent upon the mentioned judgment and the refusal of the judgment debtors together with the Governor of Osun State and others to ship peaceable possession of the piece of land which was the topic of litigation, NBA mentioned authorized practitioners concerned, rightly commenced the method of executing the mentioned judgment.

But in the midst of executing the judgement, the speaker confirmed up and whereas the lawyer was making an attempt to elucidate the state of affairs to him, he gesticulated, elevating his fingers, which Egbedun was displeased with.

The letter, a replica of which was obtained in Osogbo on Wednesday partly learn, “The speaker seemed unpleased with the fact that he (Adesina) pointed at him and suddenly Hon. Egbedun became aggressive, replied saying, “you are mad for pointing your finger at me” as if that was a sign from Hon. Egbedun to his aides that our colleague be handled, our colleague was descended on with heavy blows and slaps below the nostril of the Hon. Egbedun.

“The state of affairs grew to become worse and our counsel was left to battle for his life as Hon. Egbedun’s aids and trespassers took benefit of the state of affairs and proceed to bodily assault our colleague and the Chief Bailiff, Kosamotu Lateef.

“Hon. Egbedun’s motion of deliberate obstruction of execution of the legitimate judgment of the court docket of competent jurisdiction might be likened to the state of affairs of waging conflict towards the judicial arm of the state and waging conflict towards the state which is criminalised below Section 37 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 2, Laws of Osun State. It is an act of abuse of workplace opposite to the availability of Section 104 of the Criminal Code.

“Furthermore, as a public servant and an authority, Hon. Egbedun is remitted by the availability of Section 287(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) which he sworn to upon being elected because the Speaker of the State House of Assembly to make sure that the choice of a High Court and all different courts established by the structure is enforced in any a part of the federation opposite to Hon. Egbedun’s motion of deliberate obstruction of enforcement of the judgment of a High Court of Osun State.

“Finally, the assault melted on our colleague is also criminalised under the criminal code law for which your office is mandated to investigate and the culprit brought before a competent court for prosecution. Hon. Egbedun cannot in any way be above the law and his actions on 5th July, 2024 be subjected to thorough investigation and subsequently referred to appropriate court for prosecution.”

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