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Court sacks Ondo monarch, orders fresh selection

Justice Ademola Enikuomehin of Owo High Court 1, has removed the Olute of Ute, Oba, retired Major Michael Adetunji Oluwole, from the throne.

The judgment followed a 29-year-old prolonged chieftancy tussle between the Olule Omoloja Ruling house and the dethroned Oba Oluwole.

The chieftaincy case which had been taken to the Appellate and Supreme Courts, was referred back to the Owo High Court 1 for continuation.

Justice Enikuomehin ruled that Retired Major Adetunji Oluwole should stop parading himself as Olute and ordered fresh selection process from within the Olule Omoloja ruling lineage.

The Court also affirmed that Major Oluwole has no right to the throne being a member of the kingmakers and should not make himself king.

The Court also awarded damages to the dethroned monarch in favour of the claimants.

Speaking on the judgment, counsel to the claimant, Mr Adewumi Fabuluje said it was victory at last for the Olule Omolaja ruling house in a case that started in 1995 and had traversed so many courts.

On his part, State Counsel, F.K. Salami noted that the judgment would be reviewed and necessary action taken.

In their responses, Princes Boboye, Shehu Omoloja and Chief Leke Obabumoye, described the judgment as a relief from long suffering from their original entitlement which they claimed was hijacked by a  stranger.

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