The entrance to the Osun State High Court in Osogbo was locked this morning by members of the Judiciary Staff Union.
They were protesting against the Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, and the management of the judiciary in the state.
The protesting workers, led by Mr Gbenga Eludire, prevented anyone from entering the premises.
They were armed with placards that read ‘Judiciary staff deserves better’, ‘We are tired of oppression and stagnation’, and ‘Unlawful suspension of Judiciary staff without recourse to Judicial Service Commission is barbaric’, among others.
The protesters accused Ojo of not paying wardrobe allowances to workers for the last three years.
The suspension of the Chief Justice of Osun State, Justice Oyebola Ojo, has caused some controversy.
Governor Ademola Adeleke clarified that he did not suspend the CJ, but only forwarded the resolution of the House of Assembly asking the Chief Judge to “step aside” pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of corruption against her.
Previously, the Governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, had issued a statement stating that the Governor had approved the suspension of the CJ.
In addition, the Governor was reported to have appointed Justice Olayinka Afolabi as acting Chief Judge.
However, the swearing-in ceremony could not be held as both the Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi, scheduled to oversee the event, and Justice Afolabi did not show up at the Executive Lounge, the venue of the programme on Friday.