Court Sacks Oyo Monarch

The Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan has sacked Oba Oyeleye Sakirudeen as the Onifiditi of Fiditi. 

The court, in its judgment on suit IHOY/59/2013, granted an order of mandatory injunction, effectively setting aside the selection and appointment of Oba Sakirudeen.

The legal battle, spearheaded by Samuel Ogunkunle and Bayo Oyewale against Oba Sakirudeen, Ademola Akande, Depo Oguntoyin, and Kunle Oniyitan, challenged the legitimacy of Oba Sakirudeen’s ascension to the throne.

According to the certified true copy of the judgement  obtained on Tuesday, Justice K.B. Olawoyin also granted “an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants jointly and/or severally by themselves, their servants, agents and/privies from taking any further actions, steps or proceedings towards or in pursuance of filling of the vacant stool of the Onifiditi of Fiditi, pending the determination of this suit.”

According to the court document, R. A. Olawuwo and B.M. Olimene appeared on February 1, 2024 for the claimants, while P.O Alamu was the counsel for the first, second, third and eighth defendants. O.A. Okeyinka appeared for the fourth defendant, while N. A. Abiola was the counsel for the fifth, sixth and seventh defendants.

Delivering his judgement, Justice Olawoyin ruled, “An order of mandatory injunction is hereby made/granted setting aside the presentation of Staff of Office to the first defendant as the Onifiditi of Fiditi on October 18, 2021, by the fifth, sixth and seventh defendants.”

He also awarded a cost of N200,000 in favour of the applicants against the first, second , third and eighth defendants and subsequently adjourned the suit till May 22.

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