Alawo stool: Awo Crown Prince drags Osun Government,Egbedore L.G., Kingmakers to Court over illegal appointment,installation of Taiwo Adegboye as new Alawo

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   ...Challenges on three grounds as CHRSJ seeks justice for the

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A Crown Prince of Abioye Ruling House,Awo in Egbedore Local Government Area
of Osun State, Prince Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, has dragged the State
Government, Egbedore Local Government,Awo, and Awo Kingmakers to the
State High Court of Justice sitting in Ede Judicial, to seek redress
on the purported appointment and installation of one Taiwo Adegboye as
new Alawo of Awo.

Filing the case before the State High Court with a suit N0:
HED/48/2021- Prince Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman Vs. Prince Taiwo
Abdulrasasaq Adegboye & 6 Ors, on December 31st, 2021, the appellant
who dragged the aforementioned people including, Taiwo Adegboye to
Court as defendants,on three(3) grounds of flagrant disobedience to
the orders of the State High Court,forgery of selection documents and
usage of obsolete, repealed and outdated Registered 1957 instead of
subsisting 1979 Registered Alawo of Awo Chieftaincy
Declaration for their purported appointment and installation of Taiwo
Adegboye as new Alawo.

However,a human rights organization, the Centre for Human Rights and
Social Justice (CHRSJ) has sought from the Court of law to ensure
justice for the parties in the suit, urging the Court to ensure that
the matter before it were treated on the merit in order to repose more
confidence of the people in the nation’s judicial system.

Speaking through its Assistant General Secretary (AGS), Pastor Michael
Agaasi on Tuesday on the subject matter, he reposed the confidence of
the human rights group in the judicial arm of government as last hope
of common man on the street, urging the Court to adjudicate on any
matter before it without fear or favour.

According to him; ” It is our believe that the Court would ensure
timeous resolution of this case without allowing unnecessary
adjournment from the parties in the suit because of its importance to
the good people of Awoland.We do not want the good people of Awoland
to be like children of Israel in the wilderness for forty years where
they were groping for direction because of leadership vacum”.

It advised the authority of the National Judicial Council (NJC) to set
up a monitoring unit that would monitor various cases in the trial and
appellate courts in order to ensure that the personnel in the temple
of justice acted in loco-god on any matter before them.

The group then thrown its weight behind the recent position of the
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammed Tanko against the
recent illegal invasion of residence of Justice Mary Odili in
Abuja,for no just reason than to humiliate the respected jurist which
was an affront to judicial arm of government and the Constitution of
the country.

While approaching the Court to seek redress over injustice meted out
to him(appellant) during the Obaship process, Prince Sulaiman listed
no fewer than seven (7) persons as witnesses including; State and
Local Government officials and Secretary Abioye Ruling
House/Compound,Awo, Prince Hamzat Abidoye Gboyelade.

The appellant through his lead Counsel, Barrister Yinka Muyiwa, prayed
the Court to declare the purported selection, appointment and
subsequent installation of Taiwo Adegboye as new Alawo, deviod of due
process,illegal, unlawful, null and void and as well declare him
(appellant) as the only qualify candidate to be appointed and
installed from Abioye Ruling
House for the stool of Alawo of Awo, after the reign and death of
immediate past Alawo, Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo from Akinsilo
Ruling House,Awo.

According to the Writ of Summons of the suit, “That the stool of Alawo
of Awo Chieftaincy is presently being occupied illegally by Taiwo
Adegboye since 13th September,2021,in defiance to subsisting Court’s
Orders of the Osun State High Court in Suit NO:HED/26/2020 made by
Justice M.O. Agboola on the 27th day of August,2020 and HOS/84/2020
where the Court Presiding over by Hon. Justice A.O. Ayoola, gave a
Preservatives Order asking the parties to maintain Status Quo on the
16th of October,2020 in respect of stool with forged selection
documents.

“That there is an existing and/or pending Appeal with Appeal
N0:CA/AK/58/2021 on HOS/84/2020 at the Court of Appeal,Akure
Division,filled by Taiwo Adegboye, challenging the Ruling of the Osun
State High Court, presided over by Hon. Justice A.O. Ayoola,made on
the 13th day of January, 2021, dismissing a Notice of Preliminary
Objection filled by Adegboyes on the jurisdiction of the Court to give
accelerated hearing to the substantive matter to determine the
authentic members of the Abioye Ruling House/Compound,Awo,Osun State.

” That Taiwo Adegboye’s action in approaching the Court of
Appeal,Akure Division is nothing but a trick and/ or tactics to delay
the matter and prevent the lower Court from hearing the substantive
matter and determine the authentic members of the Abioye Ruling
House/Compound Awo, Osun State and to evade justice on the forgery of
important documents used to hoodwink all to the throne of Alawo
stool,after the reign and death of Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo,the
Akinsilo II”.

It further stated that the existing 1979 Registered Alawo of Awo
Chieftaincy Declaration was used to install the immediate past Alawo,
Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo from Akinsilo Ruling House,Awo in 1979
and there was no any other Chieftaincy Declaration, adding that
the use of any other Chieftaincy Declaration contrary to the existing
1979 Registered Alawo of Awo Chieftaincy Declaration,is null and
void”.

It insisted that; ” The illegal and purported appointment and
installation of Taiwo Adegboye in defiance to Court Order,was done in
tune with the outdated and repealed 1957 Registered Alawo of Awo
Chieftaincy Declaration as contained in the Letter with Reference N0:
CD.6/2/Vol. III/1189,dated 12th of August,2020 and signed by one
Bashir Oladipupo for the Permanent Secretary,Osun State Ministry of
Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

” Taiwo Adegboye and officials of Commissioner for Local Government
and Chieftaincy Affairs are planning to bring the expunged Akindolu
Ruling House, Iragberi from the outdated and repealed 1957 Alawo of
Awo Chieftaincy Declaration, back to Alawo Chieftaincy stool through
the back door,if the purported appointment and installation of Taiwo
Adegboye as new Alawo is allowed to stay”.

It x-rayed the particulars of forgery documents as different
thumbprint impressions and signatures of Mogaji/Head, Alhaji (Prince)
Abdulkareem Adegboye and Secretary,Alhaji (Prince) Abioye Hamzat
Gboyelade/ Prince (Alhaji) Hamzat Abidoye/Hamsat Abidoye of Abioye
Ruling House/Compound, Awo respectively and Taiwo Abdulrasasaq
Adegboye’s Expression of Interest Form N0:000000114.

It added that the selection minutes of meeting credited to Abioye
Ruling House, Awo, dated 24st of August,2020,was also forged in favour
of Taiwo Adegboye with another thumb print impression and signature of
Mogaji/Head and Secretary of Abioye Ruling House/ Compound, Awo, Osun
State as also contained in the attachments of Covering Letter and
Exhibit B03 tendered in Suit N0: HED/26/ 2020, with reference
N0:ELG.396/T/28B,dated 24st August,2020 and signed by one Mrs.
Olabimtan F. Abiola the Council Manager for Chairman,Egbedore Local
Government,Awo and Bond to Prosecute Appeal N0:CA/AK/58/2021 on Suit
N0: HOS/ 84/2020.