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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Judge recuses self from Onipokia Obaship tussle

By Our Correspondent

Justice O.H Oyajinmi of the Ogun State High Court in Ipokia, on Tuesday, recused himself from the Obaship tussle of Onipokia suits filed by Otenibote ruling house.

He made the decision during the hearing of the suits filed by three plaintiffs on the validity of the occupiers of Onipokia of Ipokia.

It will be recalled that the Oteni Botemole Royal family of Iwaye Dodo ruling house had sued the Ogun state government,  and Ipokia kingmakers for the wrongful selection of one Yinusa Olaniyan, a non indigene and non member of Iwaye Dodo ruling house as the Onipokia of Ipokia.

A situation, which has generated uproar among the indigenes and the residents of the ancient town. 

The matter which has generated lots of controversy was brought before Justice Oyajinmi who said he could not hear the suits based on some personal reasons.

Justice Oyajinmi said he will be returning the case file to the Chief Judge for reassignment because as an indigene of the area, and based on his relationship with the parties, he would not like to be seen as been partial in his decisions.

" I grew up here, attended both primary and secondary education here, my immediate senior brother is a Principal in this town, so I will not like to be seen as somebody who is not fair in his decisions, so I will return the case file to the Chief Judge for reassignment".

Reacting, the Counsel to the Plaintiffs, Chief Enikuomehin Timehin agreed with the Judge but called for immediate action on the matter.

"We are going to wait for the reassignment, my Lord has spoken, and we agreed with his position, but we will not like unnecessary delay in the matter again, already, we had an illegal occupier who go about parading himself as Kabiyesi in spite of court order, but with the reassignment, it is our hope that justice will not be delayed again.

Also speaking, Counsel to another plaintiff in the matter, Professor Yemi Oke said the Judge has done the needful.

"Yes, it is expected, this is not a matter of delaying justice, but ensuring that Justice is done, I align myself with my Lord".

The matter was there after adjourned to July 14th for mention.