Sunday, January 29, 2023

Court orders arrest of Ondo monarchs’ impostors

The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State on Friday issued warrants of arrest and directed the state Commissioner of Police to produce in court two suspects who have been parading themselves as Oba in Irele and Igodan Lisa in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects, who are Adeyemi Akinde and Ademola Idowu Oloworibiyi, were said to have been parading themselves as traditional rulers in the two communities.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kola Adeniyi, on Friday.

According to the statement, the order of the court was made sequel to the application of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Ondo State, Mr. Charles Titiloye.

The statement read, ” In Charge No MAK/423C/2022 filed by the Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice before the Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Oke Eda, Akure, Ademola Idowu Oloworiyibi was accused of conspiring with others now at large to unlawfully assume the chieftaincy title of Olofun of Irele contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ondo state.

“Oloworiyibi was also accused of permitting himself to be installed and parading himself in royal regalia as Olofun of Irele without the approval of Ondo State Executive Council and in contravention of section 15(1) and (2) of the Chiefs Law of Ondo State.

“Similarly, in a separate Charge No. MAK/424C/2022 Adeyemi Akinde was accused of conspiracy and unlawful installation as the Olu of Igodanlisa in contravention of the Chiefs Law of Ondo State.

“The trial of the two suspects was stalled because of their absence in court today ( Friday). The magistrate directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest and produce them on the next adjourned date. The case was thereafter adjourned to 19th of September, 2022.”

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