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Osun monarch, Oba Olatunde Falabi chased out of palace by mob

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Osun monarch, Oba Olatunde Falabi chased out of palace by mob

Oba Olatunde Falabi, the Akire of Ikire, has been chased out of his palace by a mob. He was however rescued by military men, who took him into safety.

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The monarch, who was sacked by a Supreme Court judgment six years ago, has since refused to step down from the throne.

The youths had earlier protested the non-implementation of a court judgment which declared Oba Falabi’s continued stay on the throne as illegal.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, SP Opalola Yemisi said no life was lost during the incident.

The battle for the throne started in 1987 after the demise of the former traditional ruler, Oba Oseni Oyegunle.

When the process of appointing a new monarch started, one of the five ruling houses, Aketula, presented a candidate, Mr Tajudeen Olanrewaju, in line with the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.

Before the installation of Olanrewaju could be completed, two ruling houses, Ladekan and Lanbeloye, went to court to challenge the inclusion of Aketula in the ruling houses.

An Ile-Ife High Court stopped Olanrewaju’s installation as the monarch, while the incumbent, Oba Olutunde Falabi, was installed in May 1993. Even though he lost at the Appeal Court, Olanrewaju proceeded to the Supreme Court.

In its judgment on April 11, 2014, the Supreme Court affirmed that Aketula was one of the ruling houses, as provided in the 1958 Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration.

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The apex Court also held that rd, “that the 1958 Declaration, in respect of the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy stool, has not been amended or repealed.’’

Following the judgment, the incumbent monarch approached an Osun High Court, praying it to restrain the state government from deposing him because he had not committed any offence warranting his removal. He also pleaded with the court to restrain the state governor, the Commissioners for Justice, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, from deposing him while his incumbency subsisted.

Justice Abdulkareem of Osun High Court, in his judgment of June 29, 2020, however, said that Falabi could no longer occupy the stool, based on the 1958 Akire Declaration and the rotational procedure contained therein.


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