200 suspended judicial officers in Ondo State have faulted the process that led to their suspension by the state governor.

The suspended magistrates in a statement issued in Akure by Gbenga Adeyemi said there was no basis for the move as none of them was indicted or queried before being suspended. 

The magistrates alleged that the suspension came owing to a script designed by the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and the acting Chief Judge, Olanrewaju Akeredolu which according to the affected judicial officers is meant to victimize them. 

They also insisted that the development was also a product of hatred and greed. 

They said that the governor, being a lawyer, should have allowed the judiciary to be independent, rather than being controlled by the executive arm of government. 

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The state government has however reacted through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi denying the allegations.

The Commissioner said that the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, as a matter of policy does not intervene when it involves issues that affect the other tiers of government.

The suspension was according to Olowolabi carried out sequel to serious scrutiny by the JSC without the involvement of the executive arm of government. 

"The acting Chief Judge from the documents made available suspended the affected judicial workers because of the irregularities noticed in their appointments, the positions were later declared vacant and advertised which does not preclude them from re-applying."


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