By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”BARELY Â Â Â three years after the Supreme Court declared the stool of the Olugbo of Ugboland in Ilaje Council area of Ondo state vacant, a new traditional ruler Oba Fredrick Enitiolorunda Akinruntan was yesterday presented with Staff of Office and Instrument of Appointment by the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
The Apex Court had on 12 January 2007 declared the stool of the oil rich Ugbo Kingdom vacant after it was occupied by the former, Prince Adebanjo Mafimisebi for 25 years.
Mafimisebi was appointed on 7 June 1984 and was presented with staff of office by the then governor, Olabode George on 24 August 1990.
Not only was Mafimisebiâ€™s appointment set aside by the Court, an order of injunction was imposed, restraining him perpetually from further presenting or parading himself or holding himself out as the Olugbo of Ugboland.
The ruling Ojadele Ruling House headed by Prince Robert Nana had unanimously selected and subsequently presented Akinruntan as the candidate for the vacant stool after the verdict to occupy the stool of Olugbo.
His selection was done at a meeting held by the Kingmakers on 4 November 2008.Consequently security has been beefed up in the oil rich community while investigation revealed that the former Oba has been relocated outside Ugbo by the security operatives in the state.
Presenting the staff of office and instrument of appointment to the new Oba, the governor said â€œefforts at filling the vacant stool in the past have been characterized by intrigues and other bottlenecks within the family.
It is, however, a major breakthrough, that the present administration has been able to break a truce among the warring factions within and outside the family.
â€œIt is therefore a major landmark for this administration to be able to accomplish this feat within the short period of 10 months that we came to power.