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Court sacks Ijebu monarch for imposition

By DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA—An Abeokuta High Court, sitting in Ijebu-Ode, yesterday, sacked  Posa of Imosan, Oba Shamusideen Wahabi, for illegally occupying the throne. It  ordered him  to vacate the stool immediately.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Sunday Olugbemi, who frowned at the absence of the defendant during the trial, said the complainant had been able to establish his case beyond doubt.

Wahabi was last November, dragged before a high court by Mr. Kehinde Ogunfowodu,  who told the court through his counsel, Mr. Akorede Oduneye, that he (Wahabi)was illegally occupying the stool.

Oduneye argued that installation of Wahabi was contrary to the chieftaincy and rotational order of appointment to the stool as contained in the 1957 Chieftaincy Title Declaration.

In her ruling, the judge said: “the defendants are hereby perpetually restrained from disorganising the rotational order of appointment of Posa of Imosanland as contained in the 1957 declaration.

“The sitting monarch of Imosanland, Mr. Wahabi, is hereby ordered to vacate the seat as his appointment  is declared by the court as null and void.”

Olugbemi,  however, ordered the regency-in- council to make use of the report of the six-man committee set up to consider who becomes the next Posa of Imosanland.


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