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Court declares Onipokia kingship seat vacant in Ogun State

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A High Court of Justice in Ipokia Judicial Division, Ogun State has declared the seat of Onipokia of Ipokia vacant and has banned the kingmakers from appointing any chief of the town as new king.

The court, presided over by Justice Gboyega Ogunfowora made the declaration while dismissing a preliminary objection by the kingmakers of Ipokia traditional council of chiefs, in a trial on the chieftaincy tussle to elect a new Onipokia of Ipokia, in Ogun West area of the State.

Justice Ogunfowora struck out the objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to adjudicate on the matter, describing the preliminary objection as frivolous and unmeritorious. The Claimants in the trial, the Asade-Adekanbi Royal Family, which include Prince Adesola, Prince Adepegba and Princess Akinleye Alaba had taken the kingmakers of Ipokia traditional council to court for the wrongful selection of one Yisa Olaniyan through minority voting as against a 1956 declaration and the directive of the state government in a process to pick the new Onipokia.

The family also claimed that the said Yisa Olaniyan was in no way related to the Iwaye-Dodo ruling House nor a member of the Asade-Adekambi Royal Family and by extension, whose turn is next to produce the Onipokia. In a bid, to stall the trial the kingmakers, led by the 7th Defendant, the Esemo of Ipokia, Chief Fatai Agbeyemi, he had raised a preliminary objection on the grounds that the Asade Family in filing the suit, failed to comply with the mandatory requirements of the Chiefs Law of Ogun State, describing the action as hasty, premature and incompetent.

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