Ogun 75 Obas' Status Remained Until Court Says Otherwise - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Ogun 75 Obas' Status Remained Until Court Says Otherwise

-The Daily Crucible

A State High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital,  on Tuesday ordered that the status of the 75 coronet Obas in Ogun State remained until a valid Court decision says otherwise.
Justice A.A Akinyemi in his ruling on the interlocutory injunction brought before him by the 75 coronet Obas through their counsel, Olumide Oniyire, directed that the status quo of the appointment of the said traditional rulers should be sustained.

Justice Akinyemi explained that the relationship that existed  between the claimants and the defendants prior to the termination of their appointments and promotions on February 6, 2020 should be maintained pending determination of the suit before the court.  

The Daily Crucible recalls that Ogun state government had on May 13, 2019 confirmed the appointment and upgrading of some community chiefs to coronet Obas.

The appointment which was done by Ibikunle Amosun - led government was however reversed by Dapo Abiodun's administration on February 6, 2020.

Earlier, counsel to the claimants, Oniyire accused the state government alongside its machineries of allegedly intimidating and assaulting the claimants from parading themselves as monarchs.

Oniyire argued that hostility towards the purportedly demoted 75 coronet Obas began after the revocation by the state government on February 6. 

The claimants' counsel pleaded to the court to grant the interlocutory injunction and order that status quo should remain till the court determine the legalities of the appointment.  

He said: "the claimants were sacked and despite the fact that the case is still in court, the defendant have been harassing, intimidating and embarrassing the claimants at their various communities where they reign.  

"Chieftaincy cases are very sensitive matter. We expected that the defendants should have waited until the determination of the case. 

"We are applying for accelerated hearing of the case and we prayed that the status quo before the letter of revocation should remain and be maintained."

In her response, the defence Counsel, O.A Dankuwo prayed  the court to give them a date to file their processes.

Dankuwo argued that the status quo should be after the revocation of the appointment of the coronet Obas.  

According to her, the proper time to maintain status quo should be at the time of the revocation.  

She added: "the act has already be done before they came to court and at such the status quo should be after the revocation of appointments."

Meanwhile, the court had adjourned the case to July 7, 2020.

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