Legal tussle against Olubadan stool adjourned

OLA AJAYI, IBADAN

AN Oyo State High Court has given more time to Mr. Yisau Olaogun and others who represent Lagelu Aboke family to regularise all court process in preparation for the hearing of a suit filed against the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana and others.

The Lagelu Aboke family is praying the court to declare that  its non-incorporation as part of royal lineages to be appointable into Olubadan-in-Council is against the native law and custom of Ibadanland.

Also, they are seeking an order of the court to direct the Commissioner for Chieftaincy Matters, the Attorney General of the state and the Olubadan of Ibadan to incorporate the claimants into the chieftaincy lineages. The family, who claimed to be  descendants of Lagelu, the founder of Ibadanland, expressed their displeasure at the way they were sidelined by the kingmakers in the ancient city.

At the sitting of the court, on Tuesday, the court, presided over by Justice Ladeinde, adjourned to June 18, 2013 for the commencement of hearing.

Before the case was adjourned, counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants, Dupe Awosemusi, argued that the court should not consider the counter-affidavit which, she said, was served on her at the hearing by the claimants. Responding, counsel to the claimants, Mr. Diekola Rufai, said the defendants violated the provisions of Order 39 Rule 1 of the court and as such should be deemed as not filed before the court.

He said, “whether it had been filed two or three years ago, so far it violated the rules of the court, it cannot stand. I applied for the needed documents in the file. I deliberately filed the counter-affidavit and written address. The time of this court cannot be taken against me”. The court adjourned the case to 18 June, 2013.

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