Friday, May 24, 2024

Obaship Tussle: Ipokia ruling house warns Gov Abiodun, others against contempt

The selection of Mr Olaniyan as the monarch had been disputed in a statement of claim dated May 30, 2019, also seen by The Gazette.

• December 18, 2022
Governor Dapo Abiodun and Yisa Olusola Olaniyan

A ruling house in Ipokia, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, has cautioned Governor Dapo Abiodun to discontinue his support for Yisa Olusola Olaniyan who still parades himself as the Onipokia of Ipokia despite a court decree ordering his dethronement in March 2022.

In a fresh letter dated December 13, 2022 and seen by Peoples Gazette, the Iwaye-Dodo royal family referenced Justice O. Ogunfowora’s judgement issued on March 3, 2022 which ordered Mr Olaniyan to vacate the royal stool pending the “hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for injunction” filed by Adebola Asade, Adepegba Asade and Akinleye Alaba Asade, all princes and princess of the royal family.

The selection of Mr Olaniyan as the monarch had been disputed in a statement of claim dated May 30, 2019, also seen by The Gazette.

Knowing his selection was being contested, Mr Olaniyan had dubiously sought the backing of the Ogun State government under Mr Abiodun’s administration to be crowned the traditional ruler of Ipokia on August 19, 2020 despite the case being in court.

Mr Olaniyan’s hasty installation, perceived as a way to outsmart the court, was thereafter thwarted by Justice Ogunfowora.

“The approval of the appointment of the 11th Defendant by the 1st – 3rd Defendants is hereby set aside pending the hearing and determination of the Claimants’ application for Interlocutory Injunction filed on 1st June, 2020,” reads the ruling issued in March 2022.

His dethronement meant he was no longer permitted to reside in the two palaces designated for the Onipokia of Ipokia nor participate in festivities as a king, lawyers to the ruling house said.

In spite of the ruling, Mr Olaniyan continued to illegally portray himself as the Onipokia, according to the letter sent to the office of  Ogun governor

“However, despite the above order of the court, Yisa Olusola Olaniyan has continued to recklessly, lawlessly and most irresponsibly carry-out the functions and duties as Onipokia of Ipokia in flagrant disobedience of the valid and subsisting order of the High Court of Ogun State,” reads the letter addressed to Mr Abiodun.

His attitude to the ruling combined with the support he enjoys under Mr Abiodun’s administration prompted a warning from the ruling house to persons aiding Mr Olaniyan to flagrantly disobey a court order.

“We wish to further warn anyone who violates the exiting order of a Court of competent jurisdiction that we shall invoke the full weights of the law to proceed against them, and contempt proceedings shall immediately be initiated with a view to sending such person(s) to jail for  flagrant disobedience of a valid and subsisting order of the High Court of Ogun State,” stated the letter.

The petitioners further recommended that the palace at the Market Square in Ipokia and mini palace at the Iwaye-Dodo ruling family house be immediately sealed off. They said this will forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Mr Abiodun was also asked to prevent Mr Olaniyan “from further parading himself as Onipokia of Ipokia or performing the function(s) or duties of Onipokia of Ipokia (pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for Injunction, as contained in the order of Court).”

They also urged Mr Abiodun to deploy all “security officers and officers of all other agencies in the State to enforce the order of Court and prevent a break-down of law and order in Ipokialand.”

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Rivers Governor Siminalayi Fubara

Port Harcourt

Gov. Fubara flags off N6.7 billion Okania-Ogbogoro road project

The governor said it would be completed and inaugurated in the next five months.

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma

Politics

Tribunal Judgement: Gov. Uzodimma dedicates victory to God

“You are all living witnesses to the fact that Imo state is gradually changing.”

Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Politics

Ondo southern community endorses Aiyedatiwa for governor

They said Mr Aiyedatiwa has performed credibly well in terms of governance to earn the trust and support of the people.

Kashim Shettima

NationWide

Nigeria to tap from $130 billion global hydrogen market in collaboration with Germany: Shettima

He said that the move would enable the government to develop its green energy sector.

NAFDAC

NationWide

NAFDAC seals three shops in FCT, arrests 19 drug hawkers

He said activities of drug hawkers has now become rampant in the FCT.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos

Lagos govt. trained over 60,000 workers in one year: Commissioner

The commissioner said that such a workforce was capable of driving positive change.