By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State has threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurasheed Akanbi, Telu I over allegation of holding the court in contempt.
The monarch had been dragged to court by another traditional, the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye who leveled series of criminal allegations against him.
At the resumed hearing, security was beefed up at the premises of the state High Court, Oke-Fia, Osogbo on Friday as the presiding magistrate threatened to issue bench warrant of arrest against the monarch over his failure to appear before him.
Oba Akanbi had sent the Ologburo of Ogburo, Oba Asimiyu Sadiq to represent him during the trial but the presiding judge, Chief Magistrate Olusola Aluko fumed at this situation, saying the monarch cannot be represented in a criminal matter.
He said, “This is a criminal matter in which the person involved should appear. There is a criminal indictment against him; he has to be here in person, failure which an order will be issued against him. He cannot be represented at all.
“From the letter written by Oluwo, I just have to say I cannot take anything from anybody. He must be here at the next sitting. This is a quasi-criminal matter. He has to be here personally; I want him here at the next day of adjournment.
“In fact, I won’t take any application based on the letter he sent. At the last adjournment, about three chiefs sat down here, they said they were for the first respondent, and I told them that they are not parties in the matter before me. Unless he appears to defend himself, I am going to issue bench warrant for his arrest”, Magistrate Aluko said.
Oba Adeoye had through his counsel, Barrister Soji Oyetayo approached the Magistrate Court accusing the Oluwo of Iwo of concealing some facts about his past to the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.
According to the Oluwo-Oke in a 33-paragraph affidavit, Oba Akanbi had displayed characters that did not befit a person of his status and calibre “as he is used to carrying armed thugs, miscreants and hoodlums around to harass, intimidate, molest and attacked persons whom he perceived as his enemies”.
He further alleged that the Oba Akanbi was “an ex-convict who does not deserve the post he is presently occupying”.
Oba Adeoye averred further, “That I know as a matter of fact that when he was about to travel out of the country sometimes late 1990’s, he disowned his father and started using the name Adeonigbagbe as his father’s name.
Judge threatens to arrest Oluwo of Iwo for contempt of court
By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo