A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state, Comrade Osahon Imaro has urged the Chief Judge of Edo state to order the removal of Magistrate A.P Saike from his suit marked: NO. MOr/176C/19: C.O.P vs Charles Eghaghe over allege impunity and indecent handling of the charge.
Imaro who is a complainant in the suit said: “I make bold to say that there are some Magistrate that has impeccable degree of integrity. Such magistrates are known to the judge and I will be very pleased if my complaint is referred to such Magistrates.”
The complainant position was contained a petition seen by our correspondent, dated 15th November 2019 and addressed to the CJ.
The petition also showed that the State Attorney-General & Commissioner of Justice, Magistrate Saike and the State Solicitor-General were copied.
According to Imaro, the protest letter “was borne out of the fact that a simple ruling for an amendment of a charge took almost four months” .
He explained that he had written a protest letter to the Chief magistrate 1 (CM1)over the matter during which magistrate Saike hands off and made an order remitting the charge to the Chief Magistrate 1 for reassignment.
“During this period, I applied to the office of the Attorney-General for a fiat which was granted.
“But in one of our visits to court, the CM1 through the court registrar informed my lawyer that the matter is referred back to Saiki.
“Our lawyer wrote to the office of the CJ also asking for a transfer of the case, but he has not given desired attention.
“But the one purportedly written by the defence counsel has been promptly responded to by the office of the CJ,” he stated.
Continuing Imaro said: “despite the prosecutor’s pending letter, Magistrate Saiki hurriedly delivered a ruling which was pending for five months and dismissed the application for amendment.
“Shortly after the ruling, Saiki went further to ask for adoption of address. The prosecution then pleaded for time to respond as he needed to apply for record of proceeding.
“The Magistrate refused and asked them to come back for adoption of final written address under one week. Imaro added.