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Family petitions CJN, wants judge to disqualify self in Daramola’s murder case

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The family of Dr. Ayodeji Daramola, who was murdered in 2006 in Ijan Ekiti, has written a petition to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen against Justice Adewale Fowe, asking him to disqualify the judge from the hearing of the case.

They wrote the petition over what they described as an unholy alliance between him (Fowe) and the Ekiti State government over the murder of the deceased World Bank Consultant.

The petition came just as hearing resumes on the case on Monday October 16, 2017. The family said the victims of political murders stand no chance of getting justice in Fowe’s court.

The court had on July 28, 2017 adjourned hearing to October 16, 2017 after the trial judge, Justice Adewale Fowe, failed to show up in court to take evidence from the prosecution witnesses.

Daramola’s family in the petition signed by his younger brother, Dare and also copied to the CJN and Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, complained that Fayose, who is the alleged chief suspect in the murder and whose aides are facing trial in the same court, has been responsible for the alleged sponsorship of Fowe’s medical trips to South Africa.

They argued that the trial judge must have compromised himself to favour his benefactor who is a party in a murder case before him.

The petitioners said the family had lost confidence in Justice Fowe’s neutrality to get justice in a murder case filed in his court without putting on notice Daramola’s family members “who are the chief complainants in the murder case.

The suspects, including Segun Balogun, Busuyi Aladesanmi, Emeka Andrew, Aina Ayorinde, Taiwo Olanipekun, Felix Anichuikiwu, Ogbonna Ajah, and Olumide were all arrested in 2006 over the murder.

Curiously, having confessed that they were hired by Governor Fayose’s aides have not appeared in court since Nigerians were alerted on the alleged secret trial to have the case dismissed.

“You are also to note that up to the Supreme Court, it has been established that Fayose has a case to answer in Daramola’s killing.”



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