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Deposed Deji sues Police over arraignment

….New monarch to undergo psychiatric test, say  indigenes

By Dayo Johnson
The deposed Deji of Akureland, Prince Oluwadare Adepoju yesterday filed an action at an Akure High Court praying for an order restraining the police from arraigning him in court for criminal offence.

Information from the state police command indicated that the police had planed to arraign him today in the Chief Magistrate Court.

This was coming as the kingmakers continued yesterday to brainstorm on the regent to hold forth before a new traditional ruler is selected as the Deji of Akureland just as some prominent indigenes of the town advocated that psychology and psychiatric tests should be conducted for any prince interested in the stool

The former Oba in the suit filed by his counsel, Mr Sola Oke is asking the court to “prevent the police from bringing him to court to answer charges relating to the criminal aspect of the case that led to his dethronement.

The suit is also praying for a declaration that the government “acted unconstitutionally and thereby breached the fundamental rights of the applicant to personal liberty and human dignity entrenched in sections 34 and 35 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

It further prayed for “a declaration that having punished the applicant with dethronement, his proposed arraignment for trial is an after thought calculated to further humiliate, degrade and bring him to opprobrium and disrespect of his dignity contrary to 1999 Africa Charter on Human and Peoples Right.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents either by themselves, their servants, agents or privies from further arresting, detaining, intimidating, harassing and/arraigning the applicant before court.”

Named as defendants in the suit are the Inspector General of Police, IGP, the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, the State Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Director of State Security Service, SSS.

Meanwhile, prominent indigenes under the platform of Akure Frontliners Group, AFG, have asked the kingmakers to invite renowned psychiatrics and psychologists to examine the princes jostling for the Deji’s stool.

The group speaking through its Vice Chairman and Secretary, Prince Segun Ojo and Prof Olu Aboluwoye respectively said this would “prevent a situation where a first class monarch would wake up on the wrong side of the bed and announce the sack of his deputy like the controversial sack of Chief Folorunso David as Lisa or engage in street fight.

The group insisted that “all customs and traditions of the town must be strictly adhered to before any prince is chosen to occupy the exalted stool of Deji.

Meanwhile the two ruling houses in the Deji of Akure Chieftaincy are at loggerhead over whose turn it is to present a candidate for the vacant stool.

The two ruling houses are the Osupa and Ojijigogun. While the Ojijigogun ruling house comprises Adesida, Faturoti and Arosoye, the Osupa has only one ruling house.

The state government last week deposed and banished the former Deji, Prince Oluwadare Adepoju to Owo after engaging in street fight with one of his Oloris.

While the Ojijigogun Ruling House is saying that Osupa’s tenure had ended with the exit of Prince Adesina, Osupa ruling House insisted that the deposed monarch was not the representative of the House but an imposition by the then PDP government in the state.

The Osupa ruling house said it should be given another opportunity to represent its own candidate for the stool.

Also, it was learnt that the Ojijigogun ruling house is also divided on who amongst them should be allowed to fill the vacant stool among the three royal houses.

Another argument was that the Adesida ruling house having occupied the throne for over 100 years should not participate at all in fairness to other houses.

For fair play, the other ruling house said that” if there should be fair play among the Ojijigogun Ruling House, it should be the turn of Faturoti  since both Adesida and Arosoye had occupied the throne in the past.


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