The Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the State capital, on Tuesday, restrained the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu and the sacked 68 chairmen of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), from forcefully taking over council offices across the state.
The Court, which was presided over by Justice Moshud A.A Abass, also restrained the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Mr Shina Olukolu and the Oyo State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Akin Oke from joining in the illegal takeover.
Justice Abass in granting the four reliefs sought by the lead Counsel to the Government of Oyo State, Dr Akin Onigbinde, SAN, granted the orders following an ex-parte motion filed by the State Government in Suit No: I/78/2020.
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He restrained the respondents in the suit from taking steps that would cause breach of the peace; taking over the 33 Local Government 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.
The parties and their agents were equally restrained from taking any step that could tamper with the pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.