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Court Fixes February 9 to hear applications on Onipokia stool

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By Our Correspondent

Ogun State High Court, Ipokia Judicial division sitting in Ipokia local government area of Ogun State has fixed February 9th, 2021 to hear applications filed by  Counsels on the Obaship tussle of Onipokia of Ipokia.

The Presiding judge, Justice Sikiru Owoduni set the date aside to determine the applications filed by counsels to the Oteni Bote Mole royal family of Iwaye Dodo ruling house, Chief Segun Mewehin, and two other counsels representing the State and the other parties in the suit.

It could be recalled that the Oteni bote mole royal family of Iwaye dodo ruling house had sued the Ipokia Kingmakers, Ipokia Traditional council, Ogun state government, commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy matter for the wrongful selection of one Mr Yisa Olaniyan by a minority vote contrary to a 1956 declaration and a valid restraining order on the process of selecting the new Onipokia.

The family also claimed that the said Olaniyan was in no way related to the Iwaye- Dodo ruling House nor a member of Oteni Bote Mole Royal Family and extension whose turn is to produce the Onipokia

At the Tuesday sitting, Counsel to the Chief Segun Mewehin had earlier informed the Court that he had filed three applications that is scheduled for hearing before the Court while the Counsel to the 2nd and 3rd defendants Mr O Omoniyi also informed the Court that he is also having three applications before his lordship.

The State Counsel also informed the Court that she had filed a counter affidavit which has been scheduled for hearing.

But the Presiding Judge, Justice Sikiru Owodunni fixed Febuary 9th, 2021 for the hearing of all the applications and counter affidavit.

Speaking to Our correspondent after the court session, Counsel to the Plaintiff, Chief Mewehin said the defendants were just trying to use delay tactics by ensuring that they keep enjoying what does not belong to them.


His words, “We have filed our suit in the year 2019, along with the suit, we filed an application for injunction, now up till today they have not filed any defence. We have said that the person occupying the seat is a complete stranger to the stool. Where he used as Ipebi was renovated by the Oteni branch of Iwaye dodo bi Oke ruling house, so our position is that let them come forward with facts on how they are related to the stool.

“How it concerns them, they have not been able to respond to that, rather they are saying that the Court has no jurisdiction, even at a point they told us that they can go ahead to install the Kabiyesi while a suit is pending at the high court.

“I think it is a wrong advice on the part of whoever might have given that advice to the people. The law is that when a suit is pending, everybody should remain in status quo. But today, they have illegally installed him; we have brought an application to set aside that installation.

But even now, we have not taken that application because of one shenanigan or the other. Our position is that, well, let them file their own defence, but on the 9th of February, we will discuss the matter, but the law is even that before they can file anything, if they can tell us that they are members of our family, they have to tell us their entitlement to the stool, we are ready to concede that to them, but if they are complete strangers, we will not take that.