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Court sacks Ooni’s second in command, orders replacement




An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, has removed the traditional prime minister of Ife, the Obalufe of Ife, Chief Idowu Adediwura from office.

The court also ordered the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to fill the stool within 21 days from the Aga Ruling House.

The Obalufe is next to Ooni in rank.

The presiding judge, Justice Foluke Awolalu in her judgment on the suit instituted by Abayomi Elugbuji on behalf of himself and the Aga Ruling House, held that the installation of Adediwura was not in accordance with the provisions of Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957.

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The court further held that going by the Ife Chieftaincy Declaration of 1957, it was the turn of Aga Ruling House to produce Obalufe and not Ajagbusiekun, where Adediwura that was eventually installed hails from. It also restrained Adediwura from parading himself as the Obalufe.

Speaking to reporters after the judgement, counsel for the plaintiff, Mr Babafemi Akande, described the judgment as sound and clear and that a Chieftaincy Declaration once registered had become the law.

“The law is very clear, nobody is above the law and no one is below it. So the judge gave the judgment in accordance with the dictates of the law,” Akande said.

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