Deposed monarch sues Oyo govt over Ashipa stool

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By OLA AJAYI

IBADAN — FOLLOWING insinuations that Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration is making moves to fill the 21 years old vacant post of Ashipa of Oyo, the deposed claimant to the stool, the Alago of Ago Oja, Chief Ganiyu Ajiboye Busari,  has gone to court to stop the government, its agents or other persons from taking  such action, among others.

In a motion exparte dated February 8, 2013, Alago Oja, is praying to a Federal High Court for “an interim injunction restraining the respondents from taking any step or doing anything affecting the character, status, structure, ownership and right to the building being occupied by the applicant at Ashipa Compound, Oyo before same was sealed up by the respondents.”

Busari reminded the Oyo State Government of a subsisting order of an Oyo State High Court restraining it or its agents from doing so.

It would be recalled that in the ruling delivered by Justice S.A. Akinteye on 7th May, 2008 following a suit filed by Gbadamosi Oladotun and two others against the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the state government and 14 others, the court, through an interlocutory injunction,“ restrained all parties from setting any machinery into motion for the selection, nomination, appointment, recognition or for any person to hold himself out as a candidate or holder of Ashipa of Oyo chieftaincy title pending the final determination of this case”.

While warning the government to allow a sleeping dog lie, counsel to Alago of Ago-Oja advised the state government not to violate the court order.

The chief who has filed a N1.5billion suit against the Inspector General of Police, Oyo State Police Command and the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, asked the court to grant him access into the building, to enable him pick documents he would use to prosecute this suit.

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