Magistrate orders arrest of Oluwo of Iwo
A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state capital, Mr. Olusola Aluko, on Tuesday, issued a bench warrant of arrest against the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, for violating the order of the court.
The Court had asked Oluwo of Iwo to appear before it to answer the allegation against him by the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye.
Instead, Oba Akanbi had sent the Ologburo of Ogburo, Oba Asimiyu Sadiq to represent him during the trial.
However, when the case came up on December. 2, this year, Magistrate Aluko refused to allow the monarch to stand for the accused monarch, saying the monarch cannot be represented in a criminal matter.
When the case came up yesterday, the accused monarch who was represented in court by his counsel, Mr. Olaide Yekeen, informed the court about the application for stay of the proceeding; notice of preliminary objection and a notice of appeal filed before the court by his client.
Counsel to Oba Akanbi informed the court that his client had several applications before the court and prayed that the notice of preliminary objection which bordered on competence and jurisdiction of the court should be heard first before the substantive application.
But counsel to the applicant, Soji Oyetayo, reminded the court of his earlier order, directing the accused monarch to appear in person which the Oluwo had refused to comply with.
Meanwhile, the applicant, Oluwo – Oke in a 33 – paragraph affidavit alleged that Oba Akanbi had displayed characters that did not befit a person of his status and calibre, saying he is used to carrying armed thugs, miscreants and hoodlums around to harass, intimidate, molest and attack whoever he perceived as his enemies.
He further alleged that the Oba Akanbi was “an ex – convict who does not deserve the post he is presently occupying”.
However, Magistrate Olusola Aluko ordered the police to arrest Oba Akanbi and produce him in court on December 27, 2016.
By Lateef Dada, Osogbo