A civil group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has urged the Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola
to obey the order of the Federal High Court in Osogbo, regarding an interlocutory injunction that the state government should maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit before it on the controversial new filling fees.
Speaking through its Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman in a signed statement, the group said the State judicial officials refused to revert to the old fees on the grounds that they were awaiting an official Circular in respect to the Court Judgment.
“But penultimate week, the state government through a Circular signed by the Principal Registrar of the State High Court, Mr. Taiwo
Jacoob announced increment in filling fees with immediate effect.
In the increment, the writ of summons has been increase from N4, 000 to N40, 000 while divorce fees jumped from N3, 000 to N25, 000.”, said Sulaiman
Describing the action of the state government as illegal and unconstitutional, it urged the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the state to intervene and make the government obey the order.
Justice Maureen Adaobi Onyetenu of the
Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, had restrained the state government from implementing the increment in the filing fees and directed the parties in the dispute to maintain the status quo until a hearing fixed for March 16.