The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebohas been dragged before Justice Mobolaji Ojo of Ogun State High Court IV over an alleged installation of one Chief Akanni Ogunboyejo as
Oluwo of Itoko.
The case which was marked AB/387/2016 was instituted by the Asipa of
Egbaland, Jaguna of Itoko and Asalu of Itoko; Chiefs Adio Soneakn,
Simeon Sobulo and Kayode Akintunde respectively for themselves and on
behalf of Itoko Traditional Council.
The case was instituted against the Monarch alongside Ogunboyejo;
Emmanuel Famuyiwa, the Apena of Itoko; and one Chief Sikiru, the Abore
of Itoko, as the 2nd to 4th respondents.
In the statement of claim dated November 17, 2016 filled before the
court, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, the
Claimants averred that the installation of Ogunboye was done in error
as it was not in conformity with the tradition and custom.
They also claimed that Alake’s choice was not qualified in the first
instance and also didn’t pass through the laid down traditional rite
He was also alleged not to have been duly selected by the Ogboni,
Ologun and Olorogun chiefs as required under the custom and tradition of Itoko.
The claimants however prayed the court to declare Ogunboyejo as unfit
and not the proper person to be selected and appointed as Oluwo Itoko
as his choice was said to be contrary to the native law and custom.
They also sought for an order of perpetual injunction restraining
Ogunboyejo from parading himself or holding himself out as Oluwo of
Itoko adding that Alake should also be ordered from according
recognition or holding out Ogunboyejo as Oluwo.
In a notice of preliminary objection to the writ of summons, the
defendants prayed the court to dismiss the suit saying it was
incompetent and that the court lacks the jurisdiction or vires to
entertain the matter.
The Defendant also argued further that the suit in its entirety was
vexatious, frivolous and amount to an abuse of court process as the
claimants were said to have breach and default the conditions
precedent to the institution of the suit.
At the resumed sitting yesterday, Counsel to the defendants,
Abdulrahmon Ajijola informed the court that a Counter Affidavit was
filled by the Claimants on the 27th of February and that he was still
within the time to respond to same.
The case was however adjourned till April 4 for hearing on the