Supreme Court sacks Oyo monarch

Posted by Godwin Tsa, Abuja | 29 November 2019 | 1,240 times

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The supreme court on Friday sacked a prominent monarch in Oyo state, Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adebayo Adegbola.

The Eruwa is governed by a Monarch whose recognized traditional title is Eleruwa which means the owner/ruler of Eruwa.

In a uaninamous judgment, the apex court affirmed the decision of the Ibadan division of the Court of Appeal and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.

The current Eleruwa, Oba Samuel Adebayo Adegbola, was installed in 1998. He was however dethroned by an Oyo State High Court on January 26, 2011.

Justice Ladipo Abimbola in his judgment, affirmed that the process that brought the Monarch to the throne were irregular, declaring them null and void.

The Judge consequently ordered Adegbola to vacate the seat.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the High Court, the Monarch approached the Ibadan division of the Court of Appeal, to quash the verdict but was unsuccessful in his bid.

Dissatisfied with the judgement, the monarch filed an appeal, which was dismissed on Monday.

While presenting his lead judgement, which lasted more than 50 minutes, Justice M.B. Dongba-Mensan said after examination of all the issues raised by the appellant, the court  was satisfied with the processes and pronouncement of the lower court on the matter brought before them. He commended counsels to the parties in the petition for their industry.

The appeal, filed by Mr. Adegbola and six others against James Idowu and four others, was sequel to the judgment of Justice Abimbola, which he faulted the way he got to the throne.

Mr. Adegbola emerged the Eleruwa in 1998, following the death of his predecessor, Bolanle Olaniyan, in 1994. In dethroning Mr. Adegbola, the High Court ruled that his selection, nomination and approval by the state government were irregular, null and void. (Daily Sun)

 

 


Source: News Express

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