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Politics of Thursday, 18 November 2021

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Don't use public office for revenge - Kwara Attorney General cautions politicians

Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Salman Jawondo Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Salman Jawondo

Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Salman Jawondo has advised people appointed to public office not to use such office to seek for revenge of misdemeanour committed against them when they have not been in government.

Jawondo gave the advice while speaking in Ilorin at a book launch ‘The Sacked Magistrate’ written by Chief Lamidi Tolani, Ojeun Ogun Fodian of Offa and a former Commissioner of Finance in Kwara State whose daughter, Ms Zainab Tolani was sacked from the state Judiciary after 47 days of appointment as a Magistrate grade 2.

The Attorney General who was a counsel in the case which lasted for 14 years (2005-2019) from the state High Court to the Supreme Court said that the case was a travail of Justice by the power that be in the state adding that “those who held Political power then misused it by sacking Zainab from the state Judiciary without committing any offence that was known to law.

He said, “The termination of appointment of Ms Zainab Tolani as a Magistrate grade 2 in the state Judiciary is a misuse of power and miscarriage of justice as contained in the judgments of the Court of Appeal and upheld by the Supreme Court which is the highest court in Nigeria in its judgment delivered on February, 1,2019.

“People holding public office should be neutral and objective while holding the office because posterity will judge them after leaving the office.”Jawondo continued, “One has to be careful in life, don’t use Public Office to revenge or victimize the people when you are appointed to hold that office because your being there is temporary.”

The author of the book, Chief Lamidi Tolani in his speech said that he wrote the book to expose the injustice which his daughter, Zainab was subjected to with her termination of appointment as a Magistrate grade 2 by the Kwara state Judicial Service Commission as a result of an allegation written against her by a faceless writer which was not investigated by the authority but was later cleared by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in their respective judgment.

Tolani said that his daughter was alleged to have been married by the petitioner which was not stated in the form she filled before taking an appointment with the Kwara State Judicial Service Commission on December 24, 2004, adding that Judicial Service Commission did not investigate the truth about the matter before terminating her appointment on February 11, 2005.

He said that the case went through trial for 14 years (2005-2019) from the state High Court to the Court of Appeal and finally the Supreme Court which delivered it Judgment on February 1, 2019, adding that “Litigation is tortuous and cumbersome in this clime, hence the call for Judicial reform.

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He praised his daughter for fighting doggedly for 14 years and at the end became victorious adding, “the Sacked Magistrate fought her cause to a happy ending, cleared her name of wrongdoing and restored the dignity of her career to secure her future and justice.“Today Justice smiled on Zainab and her doggedness and integrity has paid off. This is the core lesson from her travails, no matter how long it takes truth, honesty and integrity will prevail.”

Tolani also praised Salman Jawondo, counsel to his daughter in the case whom he said did the case without charging a kobo as legal fees adding, “the Counsel to the sacked Magistrate, Salman Jawondo came at a time when all hope has been lost in having a good representation in the case.”

The reviewer of the book, Mr Joseph Bamigboye, SAN said that the book was meant to highlight the unjust travails of an illegally sacked Magistrate but recommended it to all members of the Public adding, “It is a book that must be a companion for all employees, Labour leaders, Human Rights Activist and the Public at large.”