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Deposed Iyaloja drags Olubadan, others to court

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Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The deposed Iyaloja of Ibadan land, Chief Labake Lawal, has dragged the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan-in-Council and the new Iyaloja of the land, Chief Iswat Ameringun, before an Oyo State High Court, over her removal as the Iyaloja.

The Olubadan had on May 8, 2017 warned Lawal to stop parading herself as the Iyaloja of the land or risk facing the wrath of the law. This followed an interview Lawal granted to an Ibadan-based radio station, where she claimed to be the Iyaloja.

After 11 years on the throne, Lawal was removed by the monarch while Ameringun was installed as her successor on March 20, 2017. The monarch reiterated that there was no parallel office of Iyaloja in the city except the real office occupied by Ameringun.

But in a suit filed by her counsel, Akinjide Sadiq, Lawal is praying the court to declare as illegal the appointment and installation of Ameringun by the monarch and Ibadan high chiefs.

The deposed Iyaloja said the appointment and the installation of a new Iyaloja was wrong, stressing that it was also a violation of her right to natural justice. In view of her prayers to the court, Lawal is urging the court to declare Ameringun’s appointment null and void and of no legal effect.

In her application for an interlocutory injunction, Lawal is praying the court to restrain the Olubadan and the Olubadan-in-Council from recognising Ameringun as the Iyaloja. She is also asking the court to restrain the new Iyaloja from parading herself as such, pending the determination of the suit.

Speaking to journalist after filing the case in Ibadan, Lawal said that she was still in possession of the certificate issued to her as the Iyaloja of Ibadan land, saying that until the court decided otherwise, she was still the one bestowed with the title.

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