High Court sacks Oyo monarch
Sitting in Ibadan on Monday, the Oyo State High Court ordered Alajaawa of Ajaawa in Ogo-Oluwa State Local Government, Oba Thompson Oyetunji, to vacate his stool and stop parading himself as the town’s monarch.
The court also ordered the state governor and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to withdraw Oyetunji’s certificate and office staff, saying it was done in flagrant disobedience to the court order issued on March 11, 2020.
In its ruling, the presiding judge of the court, Justice Sherifat Adeyemi, annulled the appointment, approval and presentation by the state governor of the certificate of installation and staff of office for Oba Oyetunji, stating that evidence clearly showed that it was done against the court order during the pending proceedings until the final determination of the case.
The judge also forced Oyetunji, pending the final determination of the case, to stop parading himself as the monarch of the town.
“According to the judge, “The signature of a letter dated 11 June 2020 against the affidavit appeared to have been forged and not that of the first claimant, because it is against the law, the police should investigate the issue.
“There was no evidence that showed that there was a move to settle the case out of court and it should be brought to the court’s knowledge if there is any.”
However, she adjourned the case to 26 April for the continuation of the case to be heard.
Recall that on behalf of the Olumole ruling House of Ajaawa, the plaintiffs, Prince Azeez Oyebunmi and Prince Kamorudeen Salami, filed a lawsuit against the Governor of the State of Oyo, the Attorney General of the State of Oyo, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Prince Thompson Oyetunji, Chief Adewale Erinle, Chief Ademola Isola, Chief Adeleke Adeleke, Prince Oyegoke Oyegbami, Prince Oladele Akinbola
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The prayer of the claimant before the court includes: that the court should give an order setting aside the alleged appointment, and that the governor of the state approve and present a certificate of installation and office staff for Oba Oyetunji that was made against the court order during the pending trial until the final determination of the case.
‘An order directing the Governor of the State, the Attorney General of the State and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to immediately withdraw, until the final determination of the case, any certificate of installation and office staff as Alaajawa of Ajaawa which was made against the court order during the pending proceedings.’
An order to prevent Oba Oyetunji from parading himself as a monarch or using the office link until the suit is finally determined.
In the meantime, Johnson Orodiran, counsel for the claimants (quote the lawyer’s names below the 3rd page), described the ruling as uncommon, saying it will further strengthen public confidence in the judicial system.
# High Court sacks Oyo monarch
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