By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—AS the chieftaincy row between Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji and Lukman Alao, a deposed Baale continues, a court process has been served on the monarch.
This indication emerged yesterday when the case was brought before Justice Olalekan Owolabi of an Oyo State High Court, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
Alao is challenging his removal as the Baale of Olode by the monarch and installation of Chief Dauda Odeyemi in his stead.
Offended by the removal, the plaintiff dragged the monarch to court claiming N2 million damage against Olubadan, Olubadan-in-Council, Oluyole Local Government and the newly installed Baale over his purported removal from office.
Counsel to Alao, Mr. Sikiru Sanni, told the court that court processes had been served on Olubadan, Olubadan-in-Council and Oluyole Local Government.
He said it was difficult to serve the court processes on the fourth defendant, Chief Dauda Odeyemi.
He then applied to the court for the processes to be pasted on the walls of his residence.
According to him, the application was filed because Odeyemi, “who said he has been installed as the new Baale of Oloode has been evading service.”
“But we are bothered about the fourth defendant. The pasting of court processes is to let him have knowledge of the case against him. The case cannot be decided if he is not served.”
The case was thereafter adjourned to March 7 for hearing of application.