High Court Sacks Top Ondo Monarch After 29 Years Legal Battle, Details Surface

High Court Sacks Top Ondo Monarch After 29 Years Legal Battle, Details Surface

  • A top court in Nigeria has dethroned Oba Michael Adetunji Oluwole as the Olute of Ute in Ondo state, southwest Nigeria
  • Legit.ng reports that the court faulted the selection process and restrained the monarch from parading himself as the Olute of Ute
  • Justice Ademola Enikuomehin ordered a fresh selection process from within the Olule Omoloja ruling lineage

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Owo, Ondo state - Oba Michael Adetunji Oluwole, the traditional ruler of Ute in Ose local government area of Ondo state, has been sacked by a high court.

The embattled monarch has been in a legal tussle over his emergence since 1995.

29-year-old chieftaincy tussle: Ondo high court sacks Oba Michael Oluwole
An Ondo high court, sitting in Owo, Ondo state, has sacked the Olute of Ute, in Ose council area of the state, Oba Michael Adetunji Oluwole, from the throne. Photo credit: @afamosigwe
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As reported by The Nation, Olule Omolaja's ruling house had challenged the retired army major’s right to ascend the throne.

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Justice Ademola Enikuomehin, in his ruling in the suit filed by Adewumi Fabuluje, nullified the selection process that brought Oba Oluwole to the throne and ordered a fresh selection process into the stool, FRCN noted.

The judge ordered Oluwole to stop parading himself as the traditional ruler of the town.

He held that a fresh selection process from within the Olule Omoloja ruling house lineage should begin.

Legit.ng understands that the deposed monarch has the option of challenging the high court's verdict at the appellate court.

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Court sacks monarch appointed by Osun governor

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a high court in Osun dethroned the Olola of Ola, Oba Johnson Ajiboye of Ola community in Ejigbo local government area of the state.

Oba Ajiboye's dethronement was announced by the court in a hearing presided over by Justice Lawrence Arojo.

The opposing family, through its lawyer, Barrister Fatimah Adeshina, confirmed that the stool of Olola of Ola was vacant by the order granted by the court.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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