Court throws out application against installation of new Olubadan 

By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan

A State High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State capital has refused to grant the application by the Seriki chiefs to get an interim order to stop the installation of a new Olubadan of Ibadanland pending the determination of the substantive suit. 


The chiefs have dragged the Olubadan-in-Council to court over emergence of a new Olubadan and also some appointments made by some high chiefs to fill vacant stools after the death of two prominent chiefs on both the Olubadan and Balogun lines-The two royal lines that produce the king. 

The legal battle started in 2007 but was emphasised after Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 passed away on January 19, 2016. 

The lead counsel to the chiefs, Mr. Abideen Adeniran had prayed the court to stop the highest traditional council in chieftaincy matters in the populous city from installing a new monarch. 

But Justice Mukhtar Abimbola who is the State Chief Judge who refused to grant the prayer of the aggrieved chiefs, also noted that if the monarch is installed illegally, the court reserves the right to remove him. 

“Even if Oba is installed illegally, he can still be removed by the court because it is not a perishable commodity”.he said. 

Mr. Abideen Adeniran, Counsel to Seriki chiefs, after an argument with his learned colleague, Mr. Folorunso Lana, counsel to Olubadan-in-council over alleged delay on the case that started in 2007, had moved two motions before Justice Abimbola which include granting an order of substituted service of all relevant processes on the wall of the office of Olubadan-in-Council. 

The counsel also prayed the court to make an interim order because “We are aware that the defendants have perfected the plan to tamper with the ‘res?’ in this case( the Olubadan chieftaincy stool) illegally”. 

The court, however, granted the second motion on substituted service. 

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