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An Osun State High Court, sitting in Osogbo, has restrained the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, from appointing or installing anyone as grand mufty of Yorubaland.
The President of League of Imams and Alfas in Yorubaland, Sheik Jamiu Kewulere, and five others had approached the court through a motion exparte filed by his counsel, Kazeem Odedeji, seeking an interim order, restraining Oba Akanbi from making the appointment.
Justice Sikiru Oke, upon hearing the application, subsequently said, “The 1st defendant/respondent is hereby restrained from appointing or installing the 2nd defendant or any other person whatsoever as the Grand Mufti of Yorubaland, pending the hearing and determination of the motion for interlocutory injunction.
“This order is interim. Also the 2nd Defendant/Respondent is hereby restrained from parading himself as the Grand Mufti of Yorubaland pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”
The case was adjourned to November 16, 2021 for hearing of motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
A statement by the President, League of Imams and Alfas in Yorubaland, Sheik Jamiu Kewulere, read in part, “As a traditional ruler, Oluwo lacks power to install any one as an Islamic titleholder, be it Otun Ajanasi, Ajanasi or Mufty of Iwoland.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this is the position of law in a judgement delivered by Osun State High Court of Justice on October 11, 2021 where the court held that Oluwo lacked the power to appoint, remove or install the Otun-Ajanasi and other Islamic title holders in his domain as enshrined in the Iwo Central Mosque constitution.”
But in a statement by the press secretary to the Oluwo, Alli Ibraheem, the monarch would on Saturday (today), turban the founder of Jama’atu Ta’awun Muslimeen, Sheik Daood Molaasan, as the Grand Mufti of Iwoland.