Ekiti state courts, Government House in security lockdown

Ekiti state courts, Government House in security lockdown

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 7:41 pm

Armed soldiers and mobile policemen have tightened security at the premises of the Ekiti State Judiciary headquarters and the Government House in Ado-Ekiti.

The High Court, Magistrates Court and the Court of Appeal are located at the premises of the Ekiti State Judiciary headquarters.

The additional security personnel arrived at the court premises on Wednesday morning and took positions at strategic locations.

The armed men who came in several pick-up vans were supported by stand-by armoured tanks.

ASP Victor Babayemi, the Public Relations Officer of State Police Command, confirmed the development, saying the soldiers and policemen were drafted on the orders of “the highest authorities’’.

“This is in consonance with last week’s resolution of the National Judicial Council which ordered that the IGP should provide adequate security for Ekiti courts.’’

He said the command got information that some group of people were planning another round of violent protest “which must be nipped in the bud’’.

The Chief Judge of state, Justice Ayo Daramola, who ordered closure of all courts in the state as a result of violence, has yet to order a re-opening, according to NAN.

But a report by The Nation newspaper said the National Judicial Council has said the case challenging the eligibility of the governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, for the election of 21 June, should be heard.

The case filed before the election by E-11, is claiming that he should not have participated in the June 21 election because he allegedly lied in his form.

Justice John Adeyeye, who was hearing the matter, was beaten up, his suit torn by pro-Fayose thugs who stormed the court, smashing property.

Matters are however complicated in the state as Members of the state chapter of the Judiciary Workers Union of Nigeria are currently on strike following the industrial action declared by state workers last week over non-payment of salaries.

Governor Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress will be concluding his tenure on 15 October and a new government headed by Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party will be sworn in on 16 October.

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