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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Ipokia Obaship Tussle: Absence of trial judge stalls proceeding

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The absence of Presiding Judge of Ogun State High Court, Ipokia Judicial Division, Justice Sikiru Owodunni has stalled the ongoing Onipokia of Ipokia suit instituted by the Iwaye Dodo Ruling House

The ruling house has instituted the court case against the selection of a non indigene of the town as traditional ruler.

Justice Owodunni who announced of his appointment with the state Chief Judge which will not allow him to proceed with the case on February 9th, 2021 hereby adjourned the case scheduled to hold yesterday, March 30th, 2021, but was absent.

The Oteni Botemole Royal Family of Iwaye Dodo Ruling House had sued the Ogun State Government, and Ipokia Kingmakers for the wrongful selection of Yinusa Olaniyan, a non indigene and non member of Iwaye Dodo ruling house as the Onipokia of Ipokia.

The royal house is challenging the imposition of Olaniyan by the kingmakers, contrary to a 1956 Chieftaincy Declaration and a valid restraining order in the process of selection of the new Oba.

However, Counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Segun Timehin who was surprised about the judge absence declined further comments on the incident, while the state counsel also declined to grant interview on the matter.