Ikire Obaship Tussle: Supreme Court Declares Oba Falabi’s Selection Illegal

Osun State High Court sitting in Ikire says Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi can no longer occupy the seat of Akire of Ikire.

Oba Falabi had earlier approached High Court sitting in Ikire to challenge Osun state government from dethroning him, as Akire of ikireland.

The Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi who was enthroned as Akire of Ikire in 1993, has been facing the legal battle for the past twenty-seven years.

Oba Falabi however in May 2014, challenged the state government over its plan to depose him following the judgment of Supreme Court.

In 2014, Supreme Court ruled that Akintula was entitled to the throne as a ruling house and the 1958 Ikire Chieftaincy declaration gazette Akintula ruling house as next to the throne after the late monarch who joined his ancestors in 1987.

The presiding Judge, Justice Razaq Abudulkareem ruled that 1958 Ikire Chieftaincy declaration still subsist as the chieftaincy declaration recognized Akintula, as next succession to the throne of Akire.

Justice Abudulkareem affirmed that the nomination and selection of Oba Falabi was illegal.

Speaking, the counsel to Oba Falabi, Mr Habib Giwa, said going by the interpretation of the judgment, the monarch still remained the Akire of Ikireland.

The Defense counsel, Mr Wale Olutayo said the court has ruled that the nomination and selection of Oba Falabi was not in conformity with Ikire Chieftaincy declaration.

Wasiu Ajadosu 

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