Deposition – It’s ridiculous, scoffed Onpetu’s secretary

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News media platforms have since yesterday been awash with news of removal of Onpetu of Ijeru Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran Lagbami Osekun III, generating varying reactions.
In fact the news came out of the blue since only few were aware of such legal case directly challenging the coronation of Oba Oyediran as Onpetu since his installation over 22 years ago.
“If you talk of land matters that’s a different case that is a common phenomenon especially in Ogbomoso zone, but a legal tussle over the right of Onpetu Oyediran to the throne is laughable, nobody challenged him over that, ” a source at Onpetu palace told also reached out to Oba Oyediran who only laughed over the matter saying, “what would l say in regard of ignorance inspired stories? If you want a reaction see my secretary.”
Various online news mediums have reported, “Onpetu deposed…”, “Court deposes Onpetu of Ijeru kingdom” and so on.
Onpetu’s secretary, Prince Oyewumi Oyekunle however posited, “The news headlines and interpretations are ridiculous. It’s another instance of yellow journalism enveloping us, unverified matters being churned out as news. A medium which probably had collected money would write report without caring about investigating the truth and others would start copying verbatim. Journalism shouldn’t be like that.”
He continued, “‘This is a court case that started in 1987 when Oba Oyediran had not even been installed. So, how could a matter that started before his coming cause his removal, people should think. It is ridiculous.”
Prince Oyekunle insisted, “the case they are talking about adjudicated by Hon. Justice K.A Adedokun did not involve Oba Oyediran, rather it was a case instituted by Chief Adeleke Lawal the Baale Ijeru until 1998 and Oba Oyediran’s immediate predecessor Oba Yusufu Abidoye Mobolade, the then military governor of Oyo state and the then Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Oyo State.
“The judgment was delivered in favor of the claimant on April 21, 1987 by Hon. Justice T.A.A Ayorinde of Oyo state High Court Ogbomoso Division. Not satisfied with the judgment, Oba Mobolade appealed at the Court of Appeal Ibadan in the suit CA/IB/96/88. All necessary processes completed waiting for adoption of processes filed, both the appellant and respondent died.
“On February 13, 1999, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN, appearing for the respondent moved the Court of Appeal to the fact that both the appellant and the respondent are dead being chieftaincy matter that the appeal be determined. In the court ruling by Hon. Justice M.O Onalaja J.C.A, we quote “from the briefs, the issues before the Court of Appeal is a chieftaincy matter. We are of the view following decided authorities of the Supreme Court and this court that chieftaincy matter is personal action, and does not survive the death of the parties, more also when the action was not instituted in a representative capacity based on Oyeyemi vs Commissioner for Local Government of Kwara state 1992 NWLRT270 page 462, SC Chief RITWHITE and 5 ORS. Chief Gordon Borbon JOW YOUNG JACK 1996 2 NWLRT43, page 467 CA, we therefore strike out this appeal being personal action it does not survive the estate. We make no order of costs
“Consequently, since a litigant is bound by the words and actions of his lawyer, if Chief Popoola Olaniyi Elijah (the third successor to the original plaintiff, Chief Adeleke Lawal), is dissatisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, the next place for him to go is the Supreme Court, not Oyo State High Court.
“In view of the above submission, suit HOG/24/21 between Chief Popoola Olaniyi Elijah (for himself and on behalf of the other members of the Ijeru (?) chieftaincy family of Ogbomoso) and Chief Sunday Oyediran Oladapo (for himself and other members of the Onpetu chieftaincy family of Ogbomoso and others), upon which the purported deposition of Oba Sunday Oyediran (not Chief Sunday Oyediran Oladapo sued by the claimant) is based, is not supposed to be entertained by Hon. Justice K.A Adedokun in the first instance.
“However, since in his wisdom he decided to review and reverse a case that had been adjudicated by the Federal Court of Appeal, we have decided to go back to the Court of Appeal rather than joining issues with the propagandists.”
He added that the news being bandied about was not true. “Is there anything like paramount ruler of Ijeru? It’s an individual case. It is case that predated the present Oba. It is confusing, it’s misleading. Are we talking of Ijeru quarters or Ijeru town?”
In the meantime, the bone of contention is, who owns Ijeru?

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