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Osun monarch faults Judge’s arrest order against him

By Gbenga Olarinoye

Osogbo—The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Abdul- Rasheed Akanbi, who an Osogbo Chief Magistrate court judge, Olusola Aluko, on Tuesday ordered his arrest for his failure to appear personally in a suit before him has described the order as an abuse of the judiciary saying he has not committed any crime to merit such a judgement.

Speaking for the first time on the issue with newsmen in Osogbo, the monarch warned against any attempt to denigrate the traditional institution.

The Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Oba Adeoye had approached the Magistrate Court, accusing Oba Akanbi, of concealing some facts about his past for the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.

But the Oluwo described the court order as an insult against his throne, saying it was obvious that the judge was out to intimidate and harass him for “reasons best known to him and his sponsors.”

The Oluwo, who insisted that he had no case to answer before the Magistrate Court, however said he had great respect for the the judiciary and the law, adding that he would be ready to answer any serious charge preferred against him in any law court.

His words: “Because somebody or some people somewhere do not like my guts they are making use of an available tool to do their bidding. But I don’t care and I want them to know I can not be intimidated and harassed by anybody. I have so much job to do for my people and I will not tolerate any distraction.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, has said that he was not aware of any bench warrant of arrest against Oba Akanbi.



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