Awo Chieftaincy Matter: Oba contradicts self before Osun Commission of Inquiry

Posted by News Express | 2 June 2017 | 3,009 times

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•Oba Musa Olatubosun Adebayo.

The Alawo of Awo, Oba Musa Olatubosun Adebayo, Akinsilo II, on Wednesday contradicted himself before Justice AbdulRasaq B. AbdulKareem led Commission of Inquiry into the disputed Awo Chieftaincy matter by not being able to list the ruling houses of the ancient town in accordance with the Awo Chieftaincy Declaration that brought him to the throne.

Speaking after the adjournment of the hearing of the matter by the Panel, a Prince from Abioye Ruling House, Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman urged the Commission of Inquiry to dismiss the memorandum of Jogunade family for want of evidence. While commending the Commission for doing a thorough job, he added that Oba Jogunade was banished and deposed on the throne and as well imprisoned at Ibadan, for using his position to kill fellow human being unjustly which was against the tradition of the ancient town.

Sulaiman narrated that, “Oba Adebayo who appeared before the Commission of Inquiry as PW1 alongside his Legal Counsel, Mr. M.M. Nworie, contradicted himself during the oral cross-examination on his rejoinder by the Counsel to the one of the parties in the matter, the Abioye ruling House, Barrister Tawfeeq Ibikunle of Adewale Afolabi & Co.

“Ibikunle had requested from Oba Adebayo to list the ruling houses of the ancient town as contained in his letter dated 24th July, 1992, which was forwarded to Justice Bola Babalakin Commission of Inquiry in 1992, where he listed the ruling houses according to the Awo Chieftaincy Declaration in order of rotation as follows; Awojobi ruling house, Akinsilo ruling house, Abioye ruling house, and Okunji ruling house.

“The monarch in the letter dissociated himself from the purported memorandum of Jogunade Family before Justice Babalakin’s Commission in 1992 but now before Justice Abdulkareem’s Commission where Oba Musa declared that Awojobi, Abioye, Jogunade should be recognised in the recommendation of the Commission.

“Meanwhile, Mr. Saliu Olanipekun Jogunade, representing Jogunade Family before the Commission, rejected his purported evidence of information contained in the booklet of 30th  Coronation anniversary of Oba Musa Olatubosun, Akinsilo II, the Alawo of Awo, attached to the Jogunade family Memorandum, during the cross-examination of the hearing of their case by declaring that the information contained therein was no more good evidence to prove their family case beyond reasonable doubt and this singular statement made their memorandum to be stood without parents before the Commission.

“Ibikunle further stated that the cross examination of the Jogunade was very imperative as a way to test the veracity of their claims and purported evidence before the Commission, all these were dismissed by Justice Akin Apara Panel of Inquiry on the Awo Disputed Chieftaincy matter in 1978 and Justice Bola Babalakin in 1992 and as well as the State High Court, Ejigbo Presiding over by Honourable Justice A.O. Ogunlade in a suit No: HEJ/14/2004 struck out their case for wanton of prosecution.”

Sulaiman added: “Investigators of the heinous crime, later discovered that deposed Oba Jogunade employing the service of Omoko who later died in Prison and  Oyemola to carry out dastard act, thinking that Oba Ola Sijuwade who took over after him, might have died as a result of injuries sustained during the attack, disclosing that Jogunade family have bad antecedents in the town, even up till the present moment.”

Source: News Express

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