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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Iree kingmakers sue Commissioner, AG, others

Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

For allegedly disobeying a court order on the filing of the vacant stool of Aree of Iree land in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State, kingmakers and Aree in Council have sued the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Oluwafemi Akande, including the state Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Adebayo Adeleke.

Also joined as defendants in the suit filed before Justice I. O. Adeleke of the State High Court sitting in Ikirun are the Chairman, Boripe North Local Government Development Authority and the Aree-elect, Prince Ponle Ademola.

The plaintiffs, High Chief Saliu Atoyebi, Chief Aogun of Iree Land, for himself and other Chiefs, Members of Iree Land and Kingmakers and Aree in Council, in the suit marked HIK/41/22 and dated November 11, 2022, asked the court to commit the defendants to prison for allegedly flouting the court order of November 8, 2022.

They were said to have  gathered at the palace for a ceremony after the court had ordered that further actions on the stool be stopped.

According to the plaintiffs’ counsel, Folorunso Apantaku, the defendants risked six months jail term if they are found guilty of the allegation.

A copy of the application notice obtained on Wednesday is titled: “Notice to Show Cause Why an Order of Committal to Detention Should not be Made Against You,” was addressed to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.

It was gathered that parties are due for response and no date has been fixed for hearing.

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