Court remands kingmaker over obaship tussle
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Obaship tussle rocking Edunabon town, in Ife North West Local Council Development Area of Osun State, has led to the remand of a Kingmaker, Chief Olatidoye Oyedokun, including a traditional chief, the Osolo of Edunabon, Chief Elijah Akande and nine others in prison.
Oyedokun was arraigned at the court alongside 10 others, including a traditional Chief, the Osolo of Edunabon, Chief Odebode Elijah Akande, on 51 counts.
Other accused persons are Gbenga Olasunbo, Oladeji Yunusa, Abiodun Ogunwede, Ige Lawrence, Emmanuel Adisa, Babalola Bisi, Bello Olalekan, Ramoni Oyetoro and Adegbami Kehinde.
The accused persons were said to have disrupted the peace of the town in which the palace was burnt down and the traditional ruler, Oba Olatunde Oladepo, the Salu of Edunabon and many people in the town were harassed and injured.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Risikat Olayemi, who declined the bail application made by the defence counsel, ordered that the accused persons be kept in rprison, while she adjourned the case till November 14, 2019.
The state counsels, Messrs Dele Akintayo and Bankole Awoyemi, told the court that on December 19, 2018, the accused persons, while at the palace of the Salu of Edunabon, conducted themselves in a manner which caused breach of the peace in the town.
In the same vein, Counsel to Oba Oladepo, Chief Abdul-Fatai Abdul-Salaam said the actions of the accused persons amounted to impunity and that the victims of the attack demand justice.
Abdul-Salaam said the state Ministry of Justice has confirmed that the appointment of Oba Oladepo as Salu of Edunabon, followed due process and was in line with the custom and tradition of Edunabon.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Their defence counsel, Susan Olubunmi prayed the court to grant his clients bail in most liberal terms.
Magistrate Riskat Olayemi orederd their remand in prison, and adjourned till November 14, 2019.