The Kwara State Consultative Forum has petitioned the Legal Practitioners Committee (LPPC) of the Supreme Court over the alleged complicity of Salman Ayinla Jawondo, the Attorney General of the state in the case involving the murder of a student.
The lady, who is a 300-level student of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), was raped and murdered by her attackers.
After news of the student’s death broke, security operatives tracked and arrested her alleged killers.
The state attorney-general then took over the case as the prosecutor as part of efforts to ensure justice for the deceased.
But in the petition obtained by SaharaReporters and addressed to the chairman of the LPPC, the Kwara State Consultative Forum faulted Jawondo’s handling of the matter.
In the petition dated October 19 and signed by Bisi Fakayode, the forum said the attorney-general appointed Saka Rasak, head of his private firm, as counsel for two of the accused persons.
The forum called on the Supreme Court to look into the matter, arguing that there is no way justice can be achieved in the case as it is currently being handled by the attorney-general.
“We wish to draw the attention of Your Lordship and the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee to the gross act of misconduct currently being perpetrated by Mr Salman Ayinla Jawondo, the current Attorney General of Kwara State and a candidate to be conferred with the highest position in the legal profession as a SAN,” it read.
“Sir, very recently the office of the Attorney General instituted a criminal charge of criminal conspiracy and murder against eight (8) accused persons found to be culpable in the murder of a young University of Ilorin graduate before one of the High Courts in Ilorin, Kwara State.
“To our surprise, Sir, the Attorney General, Ayinla Salman Jawondo has been prosecuting the case for the state while the man who is the head of his private Chambers, in the person of Mr Saka Rasak has been representing two (2) of the accused persons.
“Sir as a duly registered Association under the requisite laws, we found this to be absurd and incomprehensible as this is a clear unambiguous case of abnormality that will hinder and affect the dispensation of justice in this case.
“My Lord Sir, it is clear that there will be a clash of interest while the Attorney is prosecuting and his own head of Chambers in a private setting is defending, as the universal principle of law is that you cannot be a judge in your own case…”