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Alaafin: Oyo Mesi appeals as court strikes out case against Makinde, commissioners

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An Oyo High Court sitting in Awe, Afijio Local Council of Oyo State, has struck out a case filed by kingmakers in Oyo (Oyo Mesi) against Governor Seyi Makinde, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters on the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo over administrative defect.

 

It would be recalled that the Alaafin stool became vacant following the death of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III at 82. Selecting the next Alaafin has since then become a subject of litigation.

 

The claimants in the suit no HOY/14/2023 are the Bashorun of Oyo, Chief Yusuf Layinka; Lagunna of Oyo, Chief Wakeel Oyedepo; Akinniku of Oyo, Chief Amusa Yusuf; Areago Bashorun, Chief Wahab Oyetunji and the Alapo of Oyo, Chief Gbadebo Mufutau.

 

The claimants were seeking a court injunction restraining Makinde and his agents from overruling their choice on the selected candidate for the vacant stool.

 

According to them, “due diligence was followed in the selection/appointment of the candidate for filling the vacant stool of Alaafin of Oyo duly conducted by the kingmakers of Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy.”

 

While ruling on the notice of preliminary objection as filed by the defendants, Justice Ladiran Akintola said there was no proof of service to notify the governor of the outcome of the selection process as carried out by the kingmakers.

 

The failure to serve the notice of the outcome on the governor made the court strike out the case.

 

The court ruled: “This court found merit in the Notice of Preliminary Objection filed by the defendants/applicants against the claimants/respondents in this case.

 

“The same succeeds; accordingly all the issues raised for determination of this court by learned counsels on both sides are thereby resolved in favour of the defendants/applicants but against the claimants/respondents.

 

“Consequently, the suit initiated by the claimants/respondents in this case against the defendants/applicants is thereby struck out.”

 

The lead counsel for the claimants, Kunle Sobaloju (SAN), yesterday said a notice of appeal and motion for injunction pending an appeal have been filed at the Court of Appeal and Oyo High Court respectively.

 

Sobaloju said the judgment was based on a preliminary objection filed by the defendants.

 

He said: “We have filed a notice of appeal and motion for injunction pending an appeal. What was considered on Tuesday was the notice for preliminary objection. The merit of the case is yet to be considered.”

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Court Awards N10 Million Damages to Dethroned Emir of Kano, Bayero

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The Federal High Court in Kano has ruled in favor of the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, awarding him N10 million in damages for the violation of his fundamental rights and freedom of movement.

 

Justice Simon Amobeda declared that Bayero’s arrest without lawful justification was unjustified.

 

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf had dethroned Bayero and reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir, leading to Bayero’s legal challenge.

 

The court upheld Bayero’s right to move freely and live in Kano or elsewhere in Nigeria but did not order Sanusi II’s eviction from the palace.

 

Counsel for Bayero, Abdulrazaq Ahmad, hailed the judgment as a vindication, while counsel for the Kano State government and Sanusi II, Ibrahim Isa Wangida, saw it as a victory for their clients, but may appeal the damages award.

 

The court’s decision restrains the state government and security agencies from further breaching Bayero’s rights.

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Sheikh Niasse Denies Asking Sanusi to Step Down as Emir of Kano

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Sheikh Muhammad Mahi Niasse, the global leader of the Tijjaniyya Sect, has refuted claims that he asked Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the 16th Emir of Kano, to relinquish his throne.

 

A letter circulating online had purportedly claimed that Sheikh Niasse urged Sanusi to step down, but the sect’s leader has denounced the letter as fake and forged.

 

In a counter letter written in Arabic and translated into Hausa, Sheikh Niasse’s spokesperson, Sani Auwalu Ahmad Tijjan, who is also the Commissioner of Religious Matters in Kano State, confirmed that the original letter was a fabrication.

 

The spokesperson described Sanusi as a disciple of Sheikh Niasse in Nigeria, known for his humility and sound religious character.

 

The sect has given those responsible for the fake letter 24 hours to come forward and explain its origin and intended recipient, failing which legal action will be taken.

 

This is the second time a fake letter has been attributed to Sheikh Niasse, and the sect is determined to take action to protect their leader’s integrity.

 

Security agents are already involved in the matter, and those found responsible will face the full force of the law.

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HIGH CHIEF GEORGE NDUBISI VISITS OONI OF IFE IN GRAND STYLE

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The Atulunse 1 of Ifegunwa, Ile- Ife, High Chief (Dr) George Ndubisi during the week, paid a courtesy call on the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Arole Oodua Ojaja ll, at his palace in Ile Ife, Osun State.

 

High Chief (Dr) George Ndubisi MD/CEO Blow Money Records, and Chairman Blow Pay Global Services Ltd in company of Chief Austin Kelly Dike, Chairman, Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN) southwest zone and Chairman, Association of Igbo Maritime Practitioners in Nigeria (ASIMPIN) Elders Forum, Kabieyesi, Oba Solomon Adedire Adewole as well as other friends, visited the Royal Father and Paramount Ruler to pay homage ahead of the forthcoming Sallah celebration.

The revered Palace radiated with joy as the High Chief made a glamorous entry with his entourage.

 

The visit was significant as it disclosed the level of relationship between the Royal Father and the Atulunse l of Ifegunwa, High Chief George Ndubisi.

High Chief Ndubisi, a philanthropist, Entertainment Czar and astute businessman, is in the compendium of personalities who carved comfortable niche for themselves by dint of hard work. His closeness to the Paramount Ruler of Yoruba Land and his acceptance by the palace is in recognition of his impactful lifestyle and humanitarian programmes and interventions.

 

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