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NBA petitions CP over Osun Speaker’s assault on member

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The Osun State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), has petitioned the state commissioner of police, Muhammed Abba, over an alleged assault on its member by the Speaker, Osun House Of Assembly, Rt Hon. Adewale Egbedun.

The association in a statement jointly signed by its chairman, Saheed  Abiona and its Secretary, Ibrahim Hassan, held that the speaker assaulted and brutalised a legal practitioner, Muideen Yusuf, who was executing a court’s judgment.

The association explained that Yusuf is one of the Counsels for the Gbaemu Royal family of Osogbo and the Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor in suit no: HOS/92/2021 Prince Olalekan Salami against the state’s Governor.

It further revealed that the Egbedun’s action is punishable under Section 37 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 2, Laws of Osun State and Section 133 (1), (3), (8) and (9) of the criminal code and  obstruction of officers of courts of justice contrary to the provision of Section 145 of the criminal code, among others.

The petition reads, “On behalf of the entire members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Osogbo Branch, we write to lodge this criminal complaint against the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Wale Egbedun on his deliberate and willful obstruction of the execution of the judgment of the Osun State High Court and physical assault melted on a Legal Practitioner, Muideen Adeshina Yusuf Esq. on 5th of July, 2024.

“Our said colleague, Muideen Adeshina Yusuf Esq. is one the Counsel for the Gbaemu Royal family of Osogbo and the Plaintiff/Judgment Creditor in Suit NO: HOS/92/2021 Prince Olalekan Salami Vs. The Executive Governor, Osun State & Ors. in which judgment was delivered in 2022.

“Consequent upon the said judgment and the refusal of the judgment debtors including the Governor of Osun State and others to deliver peaceful possession of the piece of land which was the subject of litigation, our colleagues rightly commenced process of executing the said judgment. Approval was thereafter given by the appropriate Court officials for the execution after which Police protection was sought and granted by your humble self.

“The execution was fixed for 5th July, 2024 and as planned the Chief Bailiff of the State High Court with Police Officers approved for him moved to the venue of the execution at Capital Hotel Area, Osogbo-Iwo Road, Osogbo and was carrying out their lawful duties while our colleague was also monitoring the execution of the judgment.

“Hon. Egbedun’s action of deliberate obstruction of execution of valid judgment of the Court of competent jurisdiction can be likened to situation of waging war against the judicial arm of the state and waging war against the state which is criminalised by criminalised under Section 37 (2) of the Criminal Code, Cap 2, Laws of Osun State. It is an act of abuse office contrary to the provision of Section 104 of the Criminal Code. 2.”

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