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Court Sacks Ekiti Oba Over Improper Selection Process

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The High Court of Justice, Ikole Ekiti Division , has removed the Owa of Odo Ayedun Ekiti, Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade over gross abuse of tradition in his selection process.

The Court upheld the position canvassed by the Claimant, Prince Adekunle Adeniyi that he remains the most appropriate person for the coveted seat, having participated in the selection process conducted by six kingmakers in the town.

Adeniyi in the suit number HCL/12/09 filed at the Registry of the Court on July 10, 2013 , sought a declaration nullifying the selection of Oba Ajibade(15th respondent) and an order directing the Governor of the State (10th respondent ) to approve the nomination of the claimant.

Other reliefs sought include: a declaration that the appointments of the warrant chiefs(11th to 14th defendants) was illegal and an order setting aside the nomination of the15th respondent( Oba Ajibade) .

Joined in the suit as respondents were: Pastor Isaac Aluko(1st), Chief Aribisala(2nd), Chief Olu Areola (3rd), Chief Kayode Osho(4th), Chief Amos Jegede (5th) and Miss Oyenike Ojo (6th).

Others include: The Secretary, Ikole Local Government(7th), Special Adviser, Chieftaincy Matters(8th), Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice(9th), Governor of Ekiti State(10th) Mr Joseph Oluyi(11th), Mr Aderemi Akinola(12th), Mr Adeniyi Oluyi(13th), Mr Mike
Farunmona(14th) and Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade( 15th respondent)

The claimant called two witnesses during the trial and tendered three Exhibits, which include a programme of coronation and official presentation of staff of office ,a letter from Odo Ayedun kingmakers to the claimant for him to fill the vacant stool, a letter from the claimant to the office Director of Civil Litigation , Ministry of Justice and another letter from the claimant to the late Elekole of Ikole Ekiti, Oba Adeleye Adetunla, who is the supreme head in the
area.

The claimant also claimed that setting aside his nomination for the coveted seat by the kingmakers and set up another selection process where the 15th respondent was ‘wrongful nominated’ was illegal , null and void.

Delivering his judgement on June 28, 2016 , a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti ,on Monday, Justice Abiodun Adesodun agreed with the position canvassed by the claimant that the selection of the 15th respondent was illegally done.

“It is my humble opinion that conducting the selection process on the 29/1/10 during the pendency of this case by the defendants was in contempt of this court. They cannot now approach the court for redress without purging themselves of the contempt.

“The whole exercise , that is the appointment of warrant chiefs , the second nomination exercise of 29th January , 2010 and the appointment of the15th defendant, from the circumstances of this case and the evidence on record is nothing short of an exercise in futility.

“Come to think of it, the 15th defendant was purportedly appointed or elected Owa elect on 29th January, 2010 and his appointment was approved 3rd February 2010 five days after the election contrary to section 13(2) of the Chief Law which stipulated mandatory 21 days, why the hurry in this case?”, the judge queried.

Justice Adesodun added that the claimant has been able to establish his case based on the pleadings and the totality of evidence before the court as to entitle to him reliefs sought.

“It is hereby declared that the selection of the claimant to fill the vacant stool of Owa of Odo Ayedun is valid and legal. It is equally declared that the notice of intention to set aside the nomination of the claimant to the vacant stool of Owa of Odo Ayedun is illegal, null and void.

“I also grant an order directing the 10th defendant to approve the nomination of the claimant as the Owa of Odo Ayedun, I also declared that the nomination of the 11th -14th defendants as warrant chiefs is null and void.

“I also grant a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, servants, privies or any other person from appointing warrant chiefs or taking any further step to disturb the nomination of the Claimant as Owa of Odo Ayedun.

“On the whole, the claimant’s action succeeds,” Justice Adesodun declared.

The Judge told the parties to bear their own cost.

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[VIDEO] Herdsmen Kill Bus Conductor In Lagos Over Cow’s Death

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Persons identified as herdsmen have stabbed a bus conductor to death for killing a cow in Lagos.

This happened in the early hours of Monday and became public in a viral video from the scene of the accident.

According to one of the videos making rounds on social media platforms, the incident occurred at Mowo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, close to President Muhammadu Buhari Estate.

The commentator in the video said the bus conductor, who fled after the accident that led to the death of the cow, was killed close to a police checkpoint.

The driver, who was said to be heading to Badagry from Mile 12, was said to have fled as soon as he sensed danger.

This made the herdsmen go after the conductor of the bus with registration number: FKJ 756 XH.

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BREAKING: Justice Olukayode Ariwoola Sworn-In As Acting CJN [PHOTOS]

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the new Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), in an acting capacity.

Justice Ariwoola was officially sworn in by the president on Monday afternoon, following the sudden resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad from the Judicial position.

It was gathered that Justice Muhammad was forced to resign over the weekend, although the information in the public space is that he’s quitting on health grounds.

Recall that last week, a letter was written by 14 justices of the supreme court accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the leader of the court leaked.

The judges also accused the CJN of going on foreign trips with his family while denying them the right to go on international training.

It was gathered that there was a memo from the judges to the presidency, highlighting all of the CJN’s financial dealings, and threatening that they would stop sitting from September if he is not removed.

Ariwoola, the new CJN was the next-highest ranking justice of the supreme court after Muhammad.

He is billed to leave the Judicial service in 2028.

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Sunday Igboho Recounts DSS Attack, Says ‘It’s War, Their Intention Was To Eliminate Me’

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Popular Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho has recounted his encounter with the Department of States Services (DSS) during a raid on his residence in 2021.

On the 1st of July, 2021, the DSS raided Igboho’s residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, arrested 13 of his aides, and allegedly killed two others. The arrested aides were arraigned before the court but later granted bail by a Federal High Court.

According to the agitator who is currently in the Benin Republic, the intention of the security men was to eliminate him.

Igboho who spoke to journalists in Cotonou on Friday said he deliberately escaped the attack to prevent his aides and loyalists living inside the building from being killed.

“They cordoned off my house and started shooting. Some of them were strategically positioned on the street that leads to my house from Soka Road,” he said.

“They shot and forced their way into my premises, shooting sporadically in an encounter that lasted for more than one hour. It was a war and their intention was to kill me. It was God that saved me. Residents of Soka, most especially my neighbours, were gripped with fear.

“My uncle, who was a Muslim, observing prayer was shot dead right on his praying mat. Another close aide of mine was shot dead.”

He, however, said that despite his travails, the agitation for the actualization of the Yoruba nation was intact.

He added that he would soon return to Nigeria after his long sojourn in the Benin Republic.

Igboho noted that he was not scared of being arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services upon his return to Nigeria as he believes in the judiciary.

“I am going back to Nigeria soon,” he said in a recent interview.

In September 2021, an Oyo State High Court granted a relief sought by Igboho and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20 billion.

“I am going back to Nigeria soon.” He added, “I believe in the judiciary.”

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