The affected judicial officers were directed to handover the properties of the government in their possession to the chief registrar. Over 100 magistrates in Ondo state have been suspended by the Ondo State Judicial Service Commission under Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. According to a report by The Punch, the commission suspended the magistrates serving in the state judiciary over impropriety in the process of their appointments.
It was also reported that over 100 magistrates heading different magistrate courts across magisterial divisions of the state were affected. The affected judicial officers were directed to handover the properties of the government in their possession to the chief registrar. The suspension letter dated September 13, 2017, was signed by the secretary of the commission, Mr. Z.D. Egbunu, and sent to all the affected magistrates.
The letter read, “Due to perceived irregularities and lack of due process in your appointment as a Senior Registrar( functioning as Staff Attorney) in the Ondo State Judiciary within the judicial service of the state, the Honorable Acting Chief Judge/Chairman of the JSC has directed your immediate suspension from the judicial service pending plenary consideration and review of the propriety of your appointment.” The report also claimed that most of the affected magistrates were allegedly appointed by the immediate past administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
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