Appeal Court sacks Oba in Ondo

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BY  DAYO JOHNSON

AKURE—THE Court of Appeal, Akure Judicial Division weekend sacked the Jegun of Idepe, Okitipupa, Ondo state, Oba Micheal Adetoye Obanuga and ordered him to vacate the throne with immediate effect.

Consequently, the Court ordered that a fresh selection process which must exclude the sacked monarch and the Ruling House which produced him be initiated by the government forthwith.

It will be recalled that an High Court sitting in Okitipupa had sacked the Oba over faulty selection exercise by the king-makers.

Justice Mojeed Adekunle Owoade who delivered the lead judgement dismissed the nine-year-old appeal filled by Oba Obanuga on the grounds that it lacked merit and failed in its entirety.

The judgement was unanimously supported  by the presiding Judge, Justice Sotonye Denton West and Justice Cordelia Ifeoma Jombo-Ofo.

They upheld the decision of the trial judge of the Lower High Court, Justice J. Akintoroye which was delivered on December 14, 2005, that the Oba was not selected at a proper or valid meeting of the kingmakers to the Jegun of Idepe Chieftancy.

Appellants in the appeal Oba Obatuga and High Chief Felix Oladejoye Obamonire had filed 12 grounds of appeal through their lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, in which they raised seven issues for determination.

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