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Court sacks Kogi monarch, warns against contempt

By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA—A Kogi State High Court sitting in Isanlu, headquarters of Yagba East Local Government Area, has sacked the Oba of Egbe, Abiodun Agbana, for lacking constitutional power to mount the throne.

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The court made the ruling in an injunction brought by the claimant, Captain Folunrunsho Aremu (retd) against the monarch and three others, challenging the selection and appointment of Agbana as the paramount ruler of Egbe land.

Delivering judgment, Justice Obayomi, who invalidated the appointment and asked parties to return to status quo, banned the state government, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Yagba Traditional Council from going ahead with the coronation, saying Agbana resorted to self-help while the case was before the court.

He said failure to obey the direction contained in the order by any of the defendants will amount to contempt of court.

 


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