Justice Moshud Abass, of Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, has barred Nigeria’s Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu and the sacked 68 local governments and local council development areas (LCDAs) chairmen from forcefully taking over council offices across the state.
The jurist while describing the action as an illegal takeover, granted the orders following an ex parte motion filed by the state government.
He restrained the respondents in the suit from taking steps that would cause a breach of the peace; taking over the 33 councils and 35 LCDAs and/or assisting in forcefully reinstating the sacked chairmen pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The court also restrained the defendants or their privies from interfering with the matters pending before the Court of Appeal on the local government issue.
However, in a reaction to the verdict, the Association of Local government of Nigeria (ALGON) Oyo State has vowed to continue in office despite the injunction purportedly procured by the state government.
In a statement yesterday, ALGON Chairman, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, said it is a fact that there cannot be a restraint order for an action that had already been completed while the purported order had not been served on any member of ALGON.
“It is unfortunate that the state continues to embark on an exercise in futility. Our people have resumed office since Friday 24 and Monday, January 27, 2020, and they (state government) claimed to have an order of restrain procured today, Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
“Meanwhile that order has not been served on anyone and if eventually served on anyone, it is of no legal effect. Is it possible to restrain an action that has already been completed?” Abass-Aleshinloye said.