The Osun State High Court,yesterday reversed the elevation of a village head of Eko Ajala in Ifelodun local government area, Chief Sunday Akinwale to monarch.
Justice Jide Falola gave the order in his ruling on the suit filed challenging the elevation of the traditional chief to monarch.
Former Governor , Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the wee- hours of his administration announced the elevation of some traditional chiefs to monarchs of their respective domain.
The judge also ordered that the chief should henceforth stop parading himself as a recognised beaded crown king in the state and warned that who ever that refer to him as king would be arrested and prosecuted.
The court also ordered him to pay a sum N250,000 as a fine, saying Chief Akinwale, despite his awareness of the fact that the court has restrained the state government from elevating him as a recognized beaded king is contemptuous and qualified to be imprisoned.
The Elende of Eko-Ende, Oba Abdul Raufu Olaniyan Ajiboye, in whose jurisdiction the village where Chief Sunday Akinwale was situated had approached the court seeking injunction of the court to restrain the state government from elevating Chief Akinwale.
The monarch, in an ex parte motion on behalf of the members of Eko-Ende land
prayed the court to order the defendant and Osun State Government to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
In its ruling , the court granted interim injunction restraining the state government from elevating, installing or presenting staff of office to Chief Akinwale, Baale of Eko Ajala as recognized king in the state.
Oba Ajiboye had argued that they were the owners of the land occupied by Baale of Eko Ajala, Chief Sunday Akinwale. He further stated in the suit that it was out of magnanimity that they granted land to Akinwale’s forebears to dwell and also to engage in subsistence farming.
“The state government and state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs are making surreptitious moves to take away our right and elevate the status of chief Akinwale without our consent and against ruling of the court of competent jurisdiction”.