Just In: Court Nullifies Ajimobi’s Installation Of 21 Kings

An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

While delivering judgment, Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns is beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

BREAKING: Olubadan’s Most Senior Wife Dies

Olori Kudirah Adetunji, the most senior wife of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, is dead.

Olori Kudirah died in the early hours of Thursday.

Though details of what caused her death has not been revealed, a palace source told newsmen that she would be buried at 4.pm today in line with Islamic rites.

The source said “We lost the most senior wife (Olori) Kudirah this morning.

“She would be buried today at 4.pm in line with Islamic injunction”.

The Royal Rumble In Olubadan’s Palace Among Other Top Newspaper Headlines For Today 12/12/17

It appears the crisis with the Olubadan-In-Council is not nearing an end as the newly crowned 21 Obas are bent on removing the head of the council.

Daily Sun leads with the trending story Council of Obas threatens to depose Olubadan, gives monarch 21-day ultimatum. The story reads A fresh twist was yesterday introduced to the crisis rocking the recent review of 1959 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration as the Ibadan Council of Obas issued a notice of dethronement to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I.

The Punch has it that 21 New Ibadan Kings threaten to recommend Olubadan’s removal with the rider; give Oba Adetunji 21 days to be of good conduct. The Nigerian Tribune also writes Ibadan Obas Threaten To Remove Olubadan.

The Nation captions it as Olubadan gets 21-deadline as No-confidence vote threat. Another trending story on most dailies today is that of the #EndSARS protest held in Abuja, Awka, Port Harcourt and others across the country yesterday. As reported by The Nation, there were protests in some major cities yesterday for and against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the police anti-violent crimes fighting machine.

Vanguard and Nigerian Tribune lead with the same story written as EFCC lacks Powers to Prosecute Serving Judges – Appeal Court with the rider, Strikes out EFCC’s charge against Justice Nganjiwa; We”ll appeal EFCC. In the latter’s version, it goes this way; EFCC can’t prosecute serving judges, Appeal Court rules.

Ajimobi’s Chieftaincy Review Is Reversible- Olubadan

Controversy continues to trail the chieftancy review done by Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi as various lawsuits have been filed challenging the decision.

A statement signed by the media director of The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, said on this note, the review was reversible.

A statement by Adeola Oloko, explained that Olubadan’s statement, was a response to Ajimobi’s declaration that the review had come to stay.

The statement said, “The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi at last Friday’s Eid-el Maolud celebration at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, was quoted as saying that there was no going back on the enthronement of the new kings.

“The legal tussle over the controversial matter between the Oyo State Government and diverse stakeholders in Ibadan land is alive.

“All parties to the dispute are advised to respect the rule of law by giving the court the chance to play its constitutional role of adjudicating in disputes without let or hindrance.

“Some people erroneously believe that the chieftaincy crisis is a personal conflict between Governor Ajimobi and Oba Adetunji. This is wrong.

“There are at least five suits in respect of the chieftaincy crisis in the Oyo State High Court as we speak. What this shows is that the generality of our people believe that the issue at stake is a matter of great public interest as well as the outcome.

“As Olubadan, I am merely a custodian of the tradition and custom of Ibadan people. With an oath before our forebears, I do not see how, as a monarch, I will compromise the tradition and custom of Ibadan people”.

Gunmen Invade Olubadan’s Palace And Newspaper Headline

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THE PUNCH

FG gazettes IPOB ban, to write banks, embassies, foreign mission

  • Buhari to appoint administrator for forfeiture of IPOB’s assets – Aide
  • Prof, Obiano disagree on Biafran agitators at legal year ceremony

The Federal Government has gazetted the order of the Federal High Court in Abuja which proscribed the Indigenous People of Biafra and designated the group as a terrorist organisation.

 

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Gunmen invade Oluibadan’s palace

  • Ex-SSG journalist escape death
  • We won’t allow return of brigandage in Oyo –Ajimobi
  • Invasion of palace unacceptable – Oba Lekan Balogun
  • Oyo CP orders investigation

There was pandemonium at the Popoyemoja palace of the Oluibadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, on Monday, as gunmen attacked the palace to disrupt the installation ceremony of mogajis and bales.

 

DAILY SUN

Gunmen invade Olubadan’s palace

  • Journalists escape death, Oyo govt probes shooting

Five yet-to-be identified gunmen invade the palace of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, at Popopemoji, Ibadan, yesterday morning, rained bullets on anything in sight and left wounded people, including a former secretary to the State government and journalists in their wake.

 

VANGUARD

Presidency mum as APC fires back at Sagay

  • Says Sagay’s the real ‘rogue elephant; in govt
  • It’s sign of total confusion in APC – PDP

Lagos Presidency was, yesterday; mute as verbal warfare broke out between the leadership of the All Progressive Congress, APC and Professor Itse Sagay, one of the key aide directing President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.

 

THE NATIONS

Restructuring: States step up Push for more powers

  • North rejects more states
  • New formula wanted

Advocates of more power for states seem there are winning their agelong battle.

 

NEW TELEGRAPH

Strike: LUTH, Psychiatric hospital discharge patients

  • FG, patients beg health workers to call off strike

As the strike declares by health workers under the aegis of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) bites harder, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, have hurriedly discharged patients admitted to the hospital.

Police Deny Olubadan’s Palace Was Invaded By Gunmen

OSUN DEFENDER learnt that the palace of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji was invaded by gunmen yesterday causing pandemonium as people that came for the installation of some Baales ran for their lives.

The gunmen were said to have arrived at the palace around 12 p.m. in a white Sienna Toyota utility car shooting sporadically into the air to disperse people at the event before shooting into the vehicle of the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Sharafadeen Alli, who is the current Asaaju Balogun of Ibadanland.Palace sources said they saw the assailants dressed in black
Palace sources said they saw the assailants dressed in black T- shirt and tied red clothes around their heads armed with pump action rifles and A-K47 rifles.However, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who condemned the attack on Olubadan’s palace, has directed security agencies to ensure that the masterminds are swiftly arrested, interrogated and brought to justice.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, he said “the governor has vowed not to brook anyone or group of people desirous of bringing back the regime of violence and brigandage to the state.

Alli, said to be in the bullet-ridden car at the time of shooting, escaped by whiskers, so also some journalists that were outside the palace who had to escape into the filthy drainage in front of the Popoyemoja residence of the monarch.

Though the identity of the assailants was yet to be known, but their motive was believed not to be far from the controversy trailing the review of the Olubadan declaration by the state government, which had caused a sharp disagreement between the monarch and majority of the members of Olubadan in Council.

Eight out of the nine surviving members of the Olubadan in Council, who had accepted the crown from Governor Abiola Ajimobi, had in paid advert yesterday kicked against the installation of the new Baales by the Olubadan.

A statement signed by the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, urged the monarch not to go ahead with the installation because such development had not been discussed at the council and the monarch could not unitarily installed a Baale without being discussed at the council.

However, few minutes after the incident, men of a joint security task force in the state, Operations Burst, arrived at the palace and restored normalcy.

When contacted, the Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Olubadan, Mr. Adeola Oloko, simply said: “The police will do their job.”

Meanwhile, while the Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo State Command, Mr. Adekunle Ajisebutu, could not be reached on his phone for comment at the time of filing this report.

However, the state police boss, Abiodun Odude, has debunked speculations that Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was attacked by unknown gunmen at his palace.

Odude, who stated there was nothing like gunshots at the palace, said: “There was a coronation ceremony conducted by the Olubadan today and everything went well. I don’t know where people got the information that there was gun firing.”

Obasanjo Laments Tussle For Supremacy Among Yoruba Monarchs

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday condemned what he described as “the rivalry for supremacy among Yoruba monarchs’’.

Obasanjo was speaking when the new Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, paid him a courtesy visit at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun.

The former president described the rivalry as “a distraction which can result to setback’’.

He said that good governance and welfare of citizens should be paramount to the monarchs.

Obasanjo advised the monarchs to guard the honour accorded to their offices jealously and to also demonstrate mutual respect for one another other.

“I think that what is more important is to give good governance to the citizens and also have mutual respect for ourselves.

“When I was president and even now, I usually accorded respect to all presidents, particularly to the ones with small populations.

“I do this because I realised that no matter how densely populated a country might be, it has the same one vote at the United Nations, just as a country with few people.

“For instance, Nigeria with a population of about 180 million has the same vote with Sao Tome with a population of 150, 000.”

The former president recalled how he consulted with Gov. Abiola Ajumobi of Oyo State during the tussle for the obaship of Ibadan, commending the governor for taking a right step.

Obasanjo, who noted that it was God who enthroned the Ibadan monarch, prayed that the same God would strengthen him to succeed.

The former president noted that from experience, like the Egbas in Ogun, the people of Ibadan in Oyo State were not easy to govern.

He advised the Ibadan monarch to be trustworthy and to ensure that he dispensed justice.

“Although all mankind are difficult to govern but I also know from experience that the people of Egba and Ibadan particularly, are not easy to govern.

“I pray that God who put you there will help you to succeed.

“What is most important to any leader, be it traditional, political or religious is for him to be trustworthy.

“Nobody is perfect, but once you are queried over some issues and you are able to defend yourself well, you can then leave the rest to God.

In his response, Adetunji commended Obasanjo for his role in his emergence as the 41st Olubadan.

He called for unity among monarchs in Yorubaland to move the people forward.

Olubadan Suspends Onido, Places Eze Ndigbo Under Baales

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, yesterday seized the beads of the Baale of Ido, Chief Tajudeen Akinola Agura, for parading himself as the Onido.

Onido is a major Ibadan less city baale. The title has been in the news in the last 10 years for various traditional and political reasons.

But for Agura yesterday will remain a day to remember as he faced the members of the Olubadan-in-Council, who quizzed him for allegedly parading himself as the Onido though he had been suspended.

After the rilling, the Council affirmed his suspension and seized his beads with a warning to stop parading himself as the Onido, until a final decision is taken on his case.

Wearing a white lace agbada, the chief left the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan in a sober mood.

He was installed in July 2011 after his predecessor, Chief Benjamin Ishola, was deposed for, among others, his crave for a beaded crown.

While Ishola struggled for stronger recognition and a beaded crown, Agura was in court to challenge the former’s occupation of the stool, claiming he (Agura) was the right candidate.

He eventually won in 2011 when the late Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 installed him.

A source said aside the suspension, several petitions hang around Agura’s neck, particularly on alleged land grabbing and related issues.

The source said it would be tough for the suspended baale to wriggle out of the suspension.

Oba Adetunji warned leaders of the Igbo community in Ibadan to subject themselves to the authority of the baales in their domains.

He said Eze Ndigbo must operate within the framework of the Ibadan traditional authority.

The monarch said on no account would the palace attend to the Eze without passing through the baales under who they must subject themselves.

Briefing reporters after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting yesterday, the Asipa Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, said: “We have taken a stance on the principle of upholding Ibadan authority.

“We’ve done many things today on the issue of the man parading himself as Onido who has been suspended.

“The Kabiyesi was of the view that since he has been suspended, he can not go about parading himself as Onido, wearing beads. So, we have seized his beads.

“The second issue was the issue of Eze Ndigbo. In any community, you cannot have two monarchs.

“The only Oba in Ibadan is the Olubadan. So, no other person can call himself his royal highness in Ibadan land.”

Other members of the council in attendance include the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja; Osi Balogun, High Chief Femi Olaifa; the Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; the Iyalode of Ibadan, High Chief Aminat Abiodun and Chief Lateef Gbadamosi.

The Nation

I Wept On Day Of Coronation – Olubadan

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has said the crowd at his coronation scared him.

Adetunji spoke in his palace yesterday when Bishop Wale Oke of the Sword of the Spirit Ministry visited him.

“On my coronation day, I was afraid. I wept and I thought I was going to die,” he said.

The monarch, who said he never dreamt of becoming the Olubadan, added that he was brought up by the late Oba Yesufu Oloyede Asanke.

“I never knew I will be Olubadan when I was under him, but years after his death, I was installed as the monarch,” he said.

Oke condemned the incessant kidnapping of clergymen.

He said: “They have turned kidnapping into a business.

“I read in the papers that three clergymen in Kaduna were kidnapped and their abductors are demanding for N100 million.

“I appeal that they should be released immediately.”

The bishop said government at all levels must make kidnapping a capital offence, adding that: “if you kidnap anybody and you are caught, then you are gone.”

On the reason for his visit, the cleric said he was in the palace to congratulate the Olubadan and to pray for longitivity and sound health for him.

“I came here to congratulate the Olubadan on his installation and to also let him know that he has a son among the men of God in the country,” he said.

Oke prayed that Oba Adetunji’s tenure would be prosperous, with the ancient city witnessing economic prosperity.

The bishop also called on Nigerians to be patient with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) over the irregularities in the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“I don’t support the public clamour for the scrapping of JAMB because you don’t throw out the baby with the bath water,” he said.

The Nation

Ajimobi To Install New Olubadan On Friday

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi will on Friday install and present staff of office to High Chief Saliu Adetunji as the 41st Olubadan.

The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Dr. Lekan Balogun, said this at a briefing by the Olubadan-in-council and top government officials, led by former Secretary to the State Government Ismael Olalekan Alli.

He said: “The kingmakers are empowered by the extant 1957 Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration to propose as candidate, the most senior chief in the line whose turn it is to fill a vacancy in the stool of Olubadan.

“Having satisfied all the conditions precedent according to the 1957 Chieftaincy Declaration, High Chief Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has been appointed the new Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“The Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Adetunji, will be presented with the instruments and the staff of office on Friday at the traditional Mapo Hall Arcade, marking his official recognition, acceptance and endorsement as the 41st Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“The historic installation is scheduled to take place at 10am at the traditional Mapo Hall arcade in Ibadan.

“Governors, traditional rulers, captains of industry are expected to grace the occasion. Over 200 indigenous clubs under the aegis of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) are participating in the events.”

Going down memory lane, he said the incoming Oba from becoming a Mogaji in 1976 and Jagun Balogun in 1978 rose through the ranks, climbing 23 steps in the Balogun line, until 2015 when he became the Balogun of Ibadanland.

He said: “It is delightful to note that the incoming Olubadan is a doyen of the entertainment industry, having used his business acumen, organisation, exposure and experience to promote successful artistes. So these musicians and dignitaries from all walks of life will grace the occasion.

“Over 200 indigenous clubs under the aegis of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), all socio-cultural organisations are participating in the events, which will surely include all the traditional rites and steps typical of the installation.”

The Olubadan-in-council said there is no legal impediment against the coronation.

At the palace at Popo-Yemoja, preparations were in top gear to ensure a befitting ceremony.

New Olubadan To Be Installed March 4

The Olubadan-Designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji may be installed as the new Olubadan of Ibadanland on Friday, March 4.

The Olubadan-Designate,High Chief Adetunji disclosed this over this over the weekend while receiving Juju music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Fabiyi Obey in his Popoyemoja, Ibadan residence.

High Chief Adetunji noted that the date was arrived at after extensive consultations with stakeholders in the state.

According to him, the coronation had not been held before now because the late Olubadan Odulana Odugade deserved to be given a befitting burial, which was successfully completed last week.

“Sincerely, the Olubadan-in-Council must not only make, but submit their endorsement of the new Olubadan to His Excellency, the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Then, the Governor must ratify the decision.

“Once you cross the barrier, you get the date. So, the date is Friday, March 4 at Oja’Ba, Ibadan where the previous Olubadan received their staff of office. But, Saturday, March 5 is for big reception at a venue that is yet to be decided,” he said.

Earlier, the Juju music maestro, Chief Ebenezer Obey had described the Olubadan-elect as a dependable and reliable pillar in music recording, composition, promotion, advertisement and marketing.

He said nothing could be too much for any musician to do to ensure the success of Olubadan’s coronation. He prayed for continued peace, progress and development in Ibadanland under the new leadership.

The Olubadan-in-waiting spoke in the same vein in a message he sent through his Media Aide, Mr. Adeola Oloko to the President of Ibadan Descendants Union, Mr. Laja Akintayo, saying Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5 this year remain sacrosanct.

The Ibadan Descendants Union in the United States had asked to know the date of the coronation and to determined the extent of their involvement.