The Truth Commission in Ogun State has warned that it would not allow unnecessary technicalities and other delay tactics being employed by some counsels appearing before it to slow down operations and elongate its time frame for sittings.
Chairman of the Commission, Hon Justice Pius Aderemi (rtd) who gave this warning at the Commission’s proceedings added that request for adjournment which it considered frivolous will also not be granted.
Justice Aderemi was reacting to a motion moved by Mr. Ibukun Ajomo, counsel to the wife of the former Governor of the State, Mrs. Olufunke Daniel seeking for a stay of the Commission’s proceedings based on pending cases before the Federal High Court, Abeokuta and the Court of Appeal, Ibadan division which is challenging the competence of the Commission.
Earlier in a petition submitted by one Mr.Rasheed Odunaya, the Personal Assistant to a one time Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government had alleged that Mrs. Daniel had led others to brutalize him during an invasion of his boss’ residence at Ijebu-Itele.
In their respective submissions, counsels to the petitioner and the Commission, Messer A.A. Ogunba and Bunmi Koleowo had described the application as inimical and a ploy to slow down the Commission, saying Mrs. Daniel was not a party in the pending cases at the Federal High Court, Abeokuta and Court of Appeal, Ibadan division.
In his ruling, the Commission Chairman, Hon Justice Aderemi dismissed the application describing it as unmeritorious and contradictory to the procedures of the commission.
He then ordered that full hearing of the petition commenced immediately.
In a related development, a petition submitted by Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, former chairman, Ijebu-East local government against Otunba and Mrs. Daniel also came up for hearing.
While seeking relief of the Commission, Mr. Oladunjoye asked for public apology from the Daniels and not financial relief as being speculated from some quarters.
Both Oladunjoye and Odunaya’s cases were adjourned to Monday, 16th April, 2012 for adoption of written addresses by their counsels.
At the commission’s sitting on Tuesday 27th March 2012, a total of 16 petitions were listed for hearing out of which 7 involving a former Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Bukola Olopade and a former Chairman of Abeokuta South Local Government, Mr. Akeem Odejimi Ologbonwon were adjourned till Wednesday and Thursday, 18th and 19th April, 2012 for petitioners to effect services on the respondents.
The Commission is expected to resume sitting on Monday, 16th April, 2012 at 10 in the morning.