SOME Chiefs in Eg- baland have dragged the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo to court over an alleged installation of one Chief Akanni Ogunboyejo as Oluwo of Itoko.
The case was instituted by the Asipa of Egbaland, Chief Adio Soneaikan; Jaguna of Itoko, Chief Simeon Sobulo; and Asalu of Itoko, Chief Kayode Akintunde for themselves and on behalf of Itoko Traditional Council.
Apart from the monarch and Ogunboyejo, others who were joined as respondents in the case before Justice Mobolaji Ojo of Ogun State High Court are Emmanuel Famuyiwa, the Apena of Itoko; and one Chief Sikiru, the Abore of Itoko.
In the statement of claim dated November 17, 2016 filed before the court, the claimants averred that the installation of Ogunboye was done in error as it was not in conformity with tradition and custom.
They also claimed that Alake’s choice was not qualified and didn’t pass through the laid down traditional rites of installation.
He was also alleged not to have been duly selected by the Ogboni, Ologun and Olorogun chiefs as required under the custom and tradition of Itoko. The claimants therefore prayed the court to declare Ogunboyejo as unfit and not the proper person to be selected and appointed as Oluwo Itoko as his choice was said to be contrary to the native law and custom.
They also sought for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Ogunboyejo from parading himself or holding himself out as Oluwo of Itoko and that Alake should also be restrained from according recognition or holding out Ogunboyejo as Oluwo.
In a notice of preliminary objection to the writ of summons, the defendants prayed the court to dismiss the suit saying it was incompetent and that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
The Defendants also argued further that the suit in its entirety was vexatious, frivolous and amount to an abuse of court process as the claimants were said to have breached and defaulted the conditions precedent to the institution of the suit.
At the resumed sitting yesterday, Counsel to the defendants, Abdulrahmon Ajijola informed the court that a Counter Affidavit was filed by the Claimants on the 27th of February and that he was still within the time to respond to same.