Tension in Ota over Ogun monarch’s planned arrest
BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — Anxiety has gripped members of traditional council and residents of Ijoko Ota in Ado-Odo Local Government Area of Ogun State following the order of arrest by Justice Mobolaji Ojo of the State High Court over contempt .
Justice Ojo had ordered that Chief Lasisi Ogunseye be arrested and remanded in prison for two months for parading himself as Onijoko of Ijoko Ota contrary to courts judgements.
A contempt charge was filed against the convict on May 17, 2012 at the Ota High Court by Chief Fatai Alani Matanmi, the Onijoko of Ijoko-Ota .
Vanguard gathered that, the judgement rattled the traditional council of the embattled monarch who was installed by the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu as a coronet Oba in 2006.
Police spokesman in OgunState, Muyiwa Adejobi, could not be reached for comment at press time.
It was further gathered that the embattled Oba had been allegedly advised to go into hiding to evade police arrest today.
The presiding judge, who had frowned at the alleged refusal of Ogunseye to appear before the court and as well stop parading himself as an Oba, said the defendant believed he was above the law .
He said: “I hold that this is an appropriate situation in which the court may punish the contemnor for his contempt.
“This application, therefore, succeeds and it is granted as prayed. The respondent/party cited is guilty of the orders of this court.
“I hereby order that the respondent, Lasisi Kolapo Ogunseye, be arrested forthwith and remanded in prison custody for a period of 60 days in the first instance until he purges himself of his contempt of this court.”
Justice Ojo had also ordered that a copy of the order be served on the Area Commander, Nigeria Police, Ota, the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command, the Attorney-General of OgunState and the Governor of Ogun State.
A source within the traditional council in the area who craved anonymity told Vanguard that the people of Ijoko had been in dilemma before the judgement on who to accept as their Oba among the two warring personalities.
He said with the recent judgement which ordered the arrest of Oba Kolapo, the controversy trailing the obaship in the area might end.