By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—AN Osun State High Court sitting in Ede has ordered the state government to stop the process for installation of one Jelili Oyedokun from Ogunwale Ruling House as the new Alaro of Aro in Egbedore Local Government Area of the state.
The court presided over by Justice A. O. Oyebiyi in a ruling delivered on May 3rd, 2018 had restrained the state government from installing the new Alaro pending the determination of a suit filed Prince Olakunle Ojo from Ojo/Lawani branch of Farinu ruling house before the court.
The court in an ex parte motion by Prince Olukinle Ojo on behalf of the Ojo/Lawani ruling family prayed the court to order the defendant, Osun State Government to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
In its ruling, the court granted an interim injunction restraining the state government from installing Jelili Oyedokun as the new Alaro.
In flagrant disregard to the court order, the state government directed the constitution of warrant chiefs to kick off the selection process and installing the new Alaro of Aro.
At the resumed sitting on Monday, 14th 2018, the Presiding Judge, Justice Oyebiyi faulted the directive for the constitution of warrant chiefs by the state government saying it is illegal and flagrant disobedience to a court order.
Justice Oyebiyi, therefore, made fresh pronouncement asking the state government against proceeding with the planned installation of Oyedokun as the new Alaro.
The judge said: “Having listened to both parties and especially the information released by the state counsel representing the state government that the government had already approved the appointment of Jelili Oyedokun and that it only awaits the installation. The state government should not proceed with the installation.”
It would be recalled that the stool of Alaro became vacant following the demise of the late Alaro in the year 2015 and since then there have been contests on whom to ascend the throne among the princes within the royal family.
In the motion exparte, Ojo through his lawyer, Mr. B. Siyanbola accused Oyedokun of conniving with the state government to ascend the throne through the back door.
The judge thereafter adjourned the case till May 30, 2018, for hearing.