Chief Medupin begs Kogi Court to declare installation of Obadofin of Iyamoye illegal

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Chief Aderemi Medupin has prayed a Kogi State High Court sitting in Kabba to declare the purported installation of Chief Iliasu Babatunde Aremu as the Obadofin of Iyamoye as illegal.

Chief Medupin sued Chief Aminu and three other for himself and on behalf of Ohi/Idofin sons and daughters.

Counsel to the applicant, Dr Adekunle Oladapo Otitoju had sought the leave of the court that the supposed installation of the first respondent, Chief Aminu as the Obadofin of Iyamoye was against the law in view of the fact that an application is pending before the court to restrain him from parading himself as the Obadofin of Iyamoye.

This, he stressed, was also in view of the white paper from Ijumu Local Government that only those from Idofin Clan can be installed as such.

Counsel to the applicant sought the court order of interim injunction restraining the first respondent, Chief Iliasu Babatunde Aminu, from parading himself as the Obadofin of Iyamoye and the 4th respondent, Obaro of Iyamoye, 2nd respondent, Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, 3rd Respondent, Chairman Ijumu Local Government from recognizing as such.

Counsel to the 1st and 4th Respondents, Austin Oboni argued that a completed process cannot be stopped by the court of law, especially in the situation whereby the coronation of the first defendant has been done.

The presiding Judge, Justice Saliu Zubayr, who cautioned the respondent’s counsel not to insinuate the position of the court especially as his argument were not captured in his written address.

Justice Zubayr reserved 15th of December, 2023 for ruling in the case.

Counsel to the applicant said he is optimistic that the rule of law will prevail in the matter, while counsel to respondent said he looked forward to the date given by the court for ruling.

It would be recalled that a white paper from the Ijumu Local Government had refrained the first and fourth Respondents from taking any action on the matter.


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