Osun High Court dismisses monarch chosen by Governor Adeleke

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A high court in Osun State has dismissed Oba Johnson Ajiboye, who was the traditional head of the Olola of Ola in the Ejigbo Local Government Area.

Justice Lawrence Arojo’s ruling has reportedly heightened tensions in the community, according to the COZMATO.

The appointment of Ajiboye as monarch was approved by Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State, through the State Executive Council on January 3, 2024.

According to COZMATO’s reporting, the monarch was appointed despite a restraining order and an ongoing legal battle.

In response to a motion brought by the opposing family on March 25, 2024, alleging illegality, Justice Arojo issued six interlocutory injunctions.

Speaking on the matter, Fatimah Adesina, the family’s lawyer, stated that the Osun State High Court had granted the order declaring Olola of Ola’s seat empty.

Rumor has it that the town has been through a string of crises ever since Adeleke chose the deposed monarch.

Dr. Femi Fasanya, who is in charge of kingmaking, disapproved of and boycotted Oba Johnson Ajiboye’s installation in January 2024.

The Olugbode family, who were represented by David Salako and Kola Sangoniran, the opposing party, filed a motion with the suit number HEJ/3/2020 after the incident, asking Governor Adeleke to remove Oba Ajiboye from office and cancel his appointment letter.

Olugbode had planned for Ola to be anarchic in a petition sent to the Osun Police Command by Kolawole Sangoniran on April 10, 2024.

At the Olola of Ola’s palace, he claimed, “the deposed king is planning to confer chieftaincy title on some people….

We kindly request that you utilize your position to halt the planned program and the defiance of court orders. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Doing so will prevent the inevitable collapse of law and order, which could lead to the tragic loss of life and serious injury.

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