By Gbenga Olarinoye
Osogbo—The on-going protest by members of the Osun state branch of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, which enters its forth day yesterday took a new turn when the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Adepele Ojo was barred from entering the premises of the State High Court by lawyers who were protesting the recent increment in fees paid for filling suits in the state judiciary.
The lawyers began the protest on Monday in Ilesa and Tuesday in Osogbo by boycotting the courts.
According to the lawyers, the state government has increased fee for writ of summon from N4, 000 to N40, 000 while a divorce petition has also jumped from N3, 000 to N25, 000 and oath was increased from N200 to N1000.
The lawyers accused the state government of allegedly commercializing justice and denying the masses access to justice because of the high charges for filing suits.
During the protest in Osogbo yesterday, Justice Ojo’s vehicle was stopped by the lawyers who had locked the entrance gate of the court premises around 11a.m
It was gathered that Justice Ojo while at the main gate to the court premises ordered the lawyers to open the gate but they refused, a development that infuriated the judge.
She was said to have advised the lawyers to address their grievances through appropriate mechanism, instead of harassing the judicial officers.