Olubadan drags Gov Ajimobi, new Obas to court

The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has sued the Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi and 23 others over their involvements in the crowning of 21 kings in Ibadan on August 27, 2017.

Joined in the suit are the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, the eight high chiefs that were elevated to kings, as well as the Baales that were conferred kingship status.

In suit number I/1077/2017 filed at High Court of Justice, Oyo State on September 19, 2017, the Olubadan is claiming that the governor violated the Chiefs Laws CAP 28 of the state, saying that Ajimobi does not possess the power and authority to confer anybody the right to wear a beaded crown and coronet.

The Olubadan is also claiming that the crowing of the kings is illegal and void since the governor did not consult with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs.

Thus he wants the court to order the setting aside of Gazette Numbers 14 and 15 of Volume 42 of August 23 and 24, 2017 made by the governor, which conferred the right to wear crown and coronet on the elevated high chiefs and Baales.

The monarch therefore prays the court to nullify the installation of the new kings.


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