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Court dethrones Ataoja; as Oba heads to appeal court

By Gbenga Olarinoye
An Osun State High Court in Oshogbo yesterday nullified the appointment of Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun, Larooye II as the Ataoja of Osogbo and ordered him to vacate the throne immediately.

He was installed only on September 8, 2010, by the former Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Justice Yinka Aderibigbe in his judgment in the case filed by Alhaji Nasiru Oyeniyi from Gbaemu Ruling House the court faulted the approval and issuance of instrument of appointment of office to Olanipekun.

The plaintiffs had filed an ex-parte motion and motion on notice to stop the appointment of a new Ataoja pending the hearing of the motion on notice and the suit.

On August 24, 2010 when the ex-parte motion came up for hearing, the court ordered that all the defendants be put on notice while the case was adjourned till 8 of September 2010 for hearing of motion on notice for injunction.

But by the resumed hearing of the case on September 8, 2010, the 1st defendant, former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola had appointed and presented the staff of office to Alhaji Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun as Ataoja.

Dissatisfied with development, the plaintiff sought an order to set aside the nomination, approval, installation and presentation of staff of office to Olanipekun.

In the judgment yesterday, the court held that “all the processes leading to the nomination of Jimoh Olanipekun to fill the vacant stool of the Ataoja of Osogbo through the purported Larooye royal house of Osogbo land during the pending of the suit and the motion for interlocutory injunction is hereby set aside”.

“The selection of Olanipekun to fill the vacant stool of Ataoja of Osogbo by the kingmakers in the suit during the pending of suit and the motion for interlocutory injunction is hereby set aside.

The approval and issuance of the instrument of office to Olanipekun as the Ataoja of Osogbo on th of September, 2010 by Oyinlola the pending of the suit and the motion for interlocutory injunction is hereby set aside”.

Meanwhile, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, has declared his intention to appeal the judgment of the state High court.

His counsel, Mr. Kunle Ajibade said: “This is certainly not the end of the matter. We are going to approach the court of Appeal on the matter and we are very optimistic that we will get judgment in our favour at the end of the day.”

The Ataoja palace was generally calm but security was beefed up around it after the court ruling. Normal business and social activities also went on well in the town as.

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