22nd August, 2011
Hundreds of Nigerians made up of residents and civil society groups this morning marched to the office of the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, in protest against the suspension and removal of the President Court of the Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami and appointed Justice Dalhatu Adamu as acting President of the Court of Appeal..
President Goodluck Jonathan approved the removal of Salami who had been in a running battle with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu
The protesters led by Chief Ayo Opadokun, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Kunle Adegoke and Sina Loremikan, broke the barricade at the gate of the Governorâ€™s office which was mounted by the police when they were prevented from entering.
They also refused to be addressed by a member of the State Executive Council except Governor Fashola himself, who had to cut short the state Executive Council meeting to attend to them.
Speaking on the reasons for the protest, Comrade Okei-Odumakin said the National Judicial Council, NJC, had perpetrated illegality in the sack of Salami.
She also castigated President Jonathan for supporting the illegality by appointing another judge to replace Salami.
Addressing the protesters, Sina Loremikan of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, explained that this was just the beginning as there will be more protests across the country.
He wondered why NJC took the decision to suspend Salami when the latter had instituted a case on the issue.