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Onipokia: Ruling House petitions Governor Abiodun over disobedience of court order by controversial monarch

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A ruling House of Iwaye-Dodo in Ipokia town of Ipokia local government area of Ogun State has petitioned Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun against Yisa Olaniyan, who they claimed has continued to parade himself as traditional ruler of the town, having earlier  being stopped by a court judgment.

AMEBO news online reports that, the petitioners which include Prince Adesola Asade, Prince Adepegba Asade and Princess Akinleye Alaba, through their lawyer, argued that on March 3, 2022 Justice O Ogunfowora of the High Court of Ogun State set aside the approval and appointment of Yisa Olusola Olaniyan

The Honourable court set aside the approval and appointment of Yisa Olusola Olaniyan (the 11th Defendant) as Onipokia of Ipokia pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for injunction earlier filed by the Claimants. Attached herewith is the Order of the court dated March 23, 2022 as Annexure PAA-1’

AMEBO news online further reports that, the petitioners emphasized that, the court specifically stated at page 6 of the ruling, and posited that, it a sense of responsibility that a government should not disrespected court order

‘I must state with all sense of responsibility that a Government that requests, nay, demands obedience and respect of its citizenry to eschew self-help must not itself disrespect the Court and its processes, particularly when it is aware that a matter is in Court’.

AMEBO news online also reports that, the petition noted that, the Court posited further in stating in the ruling that the defendants have no right to take matters into their hands once the court was seized of it, stressing that, its however a sad commentary on the state of affairs now that the Government of the state and its agencies rather than wait for the courts also chose to go ahead without waiting for the court to determine the Interlocutory application for injunction”

In effect, the Court proceeded to set-aside the approval and installation of Yisa Olusola Olanivan (11th Defendant) in this suit as Onipokia of Ipokia in clear and definite terms, thus: In the final analysis and in view of the above, this application is granted in the following terms:

The approval of the appointment of the 11th Defendant by the 1st – 3rd Defendants is hereby set aside pending the hearing and determination of the Claimants’ application for Interlocutory Injunction filed on 1st June, 2020.

AMEBO news online reports that, the aggrieved ruling house emphasized that, the ruling of the court delivered on March 3, 2022 by Honourable Justice O. Ogunfowora sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State declared that Yisa Olusola Olaniyan should immediately vacate the two palaces being used for the functions of office and duties of Onipokia of Ipokia.

*That Yisa Olusola Olaniyan can no longer attend any functions or perform any traditional (and other related) duties as Onipokia of Ipokia. That Olu of Ilaro and other traditional Chiefs should no longer allow, recognize or accord any respect or recognition to Yisa Olusola Olaniyan as Onipokia of Ipokia.

AMEBO news online further reports that, the petitioners pointed out that despite the above order of the court, Yisa Olusola Olaniyan has continued to recklessly, lawlessly and most irresponsibly carry-out the functions and duties as Onipokia of Ipokia in flagrant disobedience of the valid and subsisting order of the High Court of Ogun State.

‘On April 11, 2022 the claimants in this suit further approached the High Court by filing the necessary/appropriate processes for committal proceedings against the 11′ Defendant, Yisa Olusola Olaniyan and other traditional ruler(s), official(s), person(s) or group(s) for aiding and/or condoning reckless and lawless disobedience of Court Order in collaboration with the 11th Defendant, Yisa Olusola Olanivan. The committal processes have been duly served and acknowledged by Yisa Olusola Olaniyan and his counsel’.

The petition said, since March 3, 2022 Yisa Olusola Olaniyan has continued to illegally perform official functions as Onipokia of Ipokia, adding that on April 2, 2022 he went ahead to deliver a Ramadan lecture held at Ipokia during the Ramadan fasting in disobedience to the Order of Court.

’Yisa Olusola Olaniyan was also at the palace of Kabiesi Oniru on August 12, 2022 which happened to be the second year anniversary of his illegal installation and appointment as Onipokia of Ipokia despite the Order of Court.

On May 15. 2022 Yisa Olusola Olaniyan was spotted at Baba Goin 40 years on stage event held at Ogba, Ikeja Lagos State where he was addressed as Onipokia of Ipokia. He also received an award as the “Most Exceptional Monarch” of the year al Lekki  as Onipokia of Ipokia on June 19, 2022’.

‘His birthday celebration also held in Ipokia in the palace on September 5, 2022 and he conducted the ceremony as Onipokia of Ipokia in disobedience to Court order removing him as Onipokia of Ipokia’, the petition reads.

By this letter, we wish to warn (with courteous regards) Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, all other Kabiyesis, Obas, Chiefs including persons, groups, bodies or associations that it is contemptuous, and a criminal offence to accord respect to, or recognise or address Yisa Olusola Olaniyan as Onipokia of Ipokia’

‘We wish to further warn anyone who violates the exiting order of a Court of competent jurisdiction that we shall invoke the full weights of the law to proceed against them, and contempt proceedings shall immediately be initiated with a view to sending such person(s) to jail for flagrant disobedience of a valid and subsisting order of the High Court of Ogun State’.

`Your Excellency, as the Chief Security Officer and Chief Enforcer of lawful orders in Ogun State, we kindly request you to use your good offices to cause the deployment of security officers and officers of all other agencies in the State to enforce the order of Court and prevent a break-down of law and order in Ipokialand’

AMEBO news online further reports that, the petitioners said government should immediately seal off the palace of Onipokia of Ipokia at Market Square and the mini Palace located at the Iwaye Dodo ruling house in Iwaye Dodo Compound

The petition added that government should prevent the 11th Defendant, Yisa Olusola Olaniyan from further parading himself as Onipolia of Ipokia or performing the function(s) or duties of Onipokia of Ipokia (pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice for Injunction, as contained in the order of Court).

AMEBO news online also reports that, the families of Iwaye Dodo ruling including Asade, Adekanbi, Okeleye and Oteni are fighting the course of justice in court represented by Asade/Adekanbi the claimant in the suit

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