Court stops Aregbesola from increasing filing fees in Osun courts

Posted by Nofisat Marindoti, Osogbo | 8 March 2017 | 2,107 times

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A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has stopped the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, from implementing the new regime of fees to be paid for filing documents in the courts of the State.

Lawyers in Osun State trooped out today to celebrate this order of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo.

The lawyers stormed the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) at Odi-Olowo Street in Osogbo and addressed a press conference under the auspices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

The Chairman of the Forum of NBA chairmen in the State, Mr Marice Olufisayo Okediya, who spoke on behalf of the lawyers in the state, said the order of Justice Maureen Adaobi Onyetenu which restrained the governor from implementing the increment in the filing fees was in the best interest of the common man.   

Okediya explained that with the order of the Federal High Court, the old fees would be maintained in all the courts in Osun until 16th of March, 2017 when the matter would come up again for hearing.

The lawyers in the state have shunned the courts since Tuesday, 28th of February over the hike in the filing fees. Okediya assured that the lawyers would return to the courts as soon as the state governor obeys the court order.

Okediya said the lawyers championed the matter in defence of the downtrodden who might not be able to afford the exorbitant fees that was introduced by the governor and vowed that the NBA would pursue the matter to a logical conclusion. 

Source: News Express

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