Adeleke ignores pending legal suit, appoints monarch for Osun community

TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has waived away the pending court matter over the Chieftaincy crisis in Kajola town, Atakunmosa East local government area of Osun State and appointed a traditional ruler of the town, Aderibigbe Omirin who is party in the case.

After he was sacked by a High Court in the state, Omirin and Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, the Adimula of Ijesaland approached a Court of Appeal sitting in Akure as Applicants.

In the suit, Johnson Oladokun, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Osun State, Atakunmosa West Local Government Council, Ilesa South Traditional Council, Atakunmosa West Local Government Chieftaincy Committee are respondents.

Despite the ongoing court matter, Governor Adeleke announced the elevation of Omirin.

Adeleke said in a letter obtained by NEWS BOOM, said, “Whereas, a vacancy occurred in the Ruling House Chieftaincy of Looja of Kajola-Ijesa in the area of authority of Atakunmosa West Local Government on 23rd July, 2007.

“And whereas in accordance with the provisions of the Chief’s Law, Cap 25. Laws of the Osun State and of the Customary Law regulating the selection of a person to be the holder of the Chieftaincy- Looja of Kajola-Ijesa declared Chief Aderibigbe Okunade-Omirin as the Looja of Kajola-Ijesa which appointment was subsequently duly notified.

“Now therefore, I, Sen (DR) Ademola Jackson Nutudeen Adeleke, Executive Governor of Osun State, Nigeria hereby declare that in the exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (3) of Section 20 of the Chiefs Law Cap 25, which powers have delegated by virtue of all other powers enabling it to be Appointed by Elevation of Chief Aderibigbe Okunade-Ominrin, the Looja of Kajola-Ijesa in the arms of authority of Atakunmosa West Local Government was approved by the Executive Council on 25th January, 2024.”

It could be recalled that on February 15, 2024, there was apprehension in Kajola town when residents protested the planned installation of Omirin.

The state government had planned to present staff of office to Omirin as the Looja of Kajola.

The protesting residents while venting their anger on the planned government decision had blocked the Osogbo-Ilesha road as they began their match.

A prince of the town, Akinyemi Benjamin, speaking with journalists, said the installation of Aderibigbe Omirin was illegal as he was a traditional ruler from Ilase.

Governor Ademola Adeleke
Governor Ademola Adeleke

“Aderibigbe was once a king in Ilase and it is impossible to oversee another town.

“The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dosu Babatunde is the counsel to Omirin and the case is presently pending at the Court of Appeal, Akure,” he alleged.

Iyaloja of Kajola, Iyabo Adegbobi also appealed to the state government to immediately intervene in the matter to avert a communal clash in the town.

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