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Alaafin Stool: Court strikes out Kingmakers’ case against Makinde




Oyo High Court sitting in Awe has struck out a case filed by Oyo kingmakers against Governor Seyi Makinde, State Attorney General and Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy matters on the vacant Alaafin of Oyo stool over administrative defect.

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

They are seeking a court injunction restraining the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde and his agents from overruling their selected candidate for the vacant throne of the Alaafin of Oyo.

They argued that 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.”

But Justice Ladiran Akintola, while ruling on the Notice of Preliminary objection filed by the defendants, said there is no proof of service to notify the governor of the outcome of the kingmakers’ selection process.

The failure to serve the notice of their on the governor thereby affects the substantive case and as such the case was struck out.

It was stated in the ruling that, “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 the learned counsel 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 are thereby struck out”

Meanwhile, the lead counsel to the claimants Kunle Sobaloju (SAN) in a telephone interview with the Saturday Tribune disclosed that a Notice of Appeal and motion for injunction pending an appeal have been filed at the Court of Appeal and Oyo High Court respectively.

Commenting on the judgement, Sobaloju (SAN) said, the judgement that was passed on Tuesday was on a preliminary objection filed by the defendant which is the Governor of Oyo State, Attorney General of Oyo State and Commissioner for Local government and Chieftancy Affairs.

“By that preliminary objection after we filed our case which they challenged against on the ground that we did not comply with the condition precedence of filing an action of that nature.

“According to them, what was the condition precedence, they said the Secretary of the local government, Atiba local government did not notify the governor of the Oyomesi on the selection of Prince Lukman Gbadegesin as the candidate to fill the stool of Alaafin of Oyo.

“Our response to that objection is to the effect that that duty is imposed on by the law that is section 19 of the Chieftaincy law on the Secretary to the Local government and not on the kingmakers and we exhibited evidence that the kingmakers forwarded their decision to the Secretary of Atiba local government.

“We also exhibited a letter from the Secretary of Atiba local government acknowledged by the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. That is the only means by which the governor can be involved. You can not go to the governor and serve him directly.

“We also argued that even if the issue is an issue of evidence the governor can only prove whether he was served or not with proof of evidence.

“It is not the issue that the Court can determine by way of preliminary objection.

” However, it is the failure to serve the notice of the decision of the kingmakers on the governor that affects our case and as such it was struck out.

“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”


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





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





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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By Mcanthony Onuoha



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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