Oyo High Court sacks monarch

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An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan yesterday ordered the Alajaawa of Ajaawa in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government, Oba Thompson Oyetunji, to vacate his stool and stop parading himself as the monarch of the town.

It also ordered the Governor and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to withdraw the certificate and staff of office given to Oyetunji, saying it was done in flagrant disobedience to the court order made on March 11, 2020.

The presiding judge, Justice Sherifat Adeyemi, nullified the appointment and approval and presentation of certificate for installation and staff of office for Oba Oyetunji by the governor, saying evidence had shown that it was done against the court order during the pendency of the suit until final determination of the case.

The judge ordered Oyetunji to stop parading himself as the monarch of the town pending the final determination of the case.

She, however, adjourned the case till April 26 for continuation of hearing of the case.

The claimants, Prince Azeez Oyebunmi and Prince Kamorudeen Salami filed a suit on behalf of Olumole Ruling House of Ajaawa against the Governor of Oyo State, Attorney General of Oyo State, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Prince Thompson Oyetunji, Chief Adewale Erinle, Chief Ademola Isola, Chief Adegbite Adeleke, Prince Oyegoke Oyegbami, Prince Oladele Akinbola and Prince Gideon Oyekunle who are defendants.

The claimants prayer before the court include: that the court should give an order setting aside the purported appointment, and approval and presentation of certificate of installation and staff of office for Oba Oyetunji by the governor of the state, which was done against the court order during the pending of the suit until final determination of the case

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“An order directing the governor of the state, the Attorney General of the state, and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to immediately withdraw any certificate of installation and staff of office as Alaajawa of Ajaawa which was done against the court order during the pending of the suit until final determination of the case.

“An order restraining Oba Oyetunji from parading himself as the monarch or using the connection of the office pending final determination of the suit.”

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