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New Installed Monarch In Ogbomoso To Spend Seven Days In Traditional Rites






Ghandi Laoye, a former pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who was on Friday installed as the new Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, has begun his set of traditional rites.

The pastor, who was based in the United States, arrived in Ogbomoso early in the morning on Friday in a private chopper, which landed at the Ogbomoso Grammar School, before moving to the palace.

The Soun of Ogbomoso stool became vacant after Oba Jimoh Oyewumi passed away on December 12, 2021.

The new monarch would spend seven days in seclusion, after which he would receive the staff of office from the state government, PUNCH reports.

Few days ago, the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has instructed Laoye to stepped down as a pastor and handed over to Pastor Olumide Ogunjuyigbe.

Meanwhile, a member of the family opposed to Laoye’s nomination by the kingmakers, Muhammed Laoye, headed to court, arguing that the process that produced him was inconclusive. They added that a minority committee performed the task instead of the whole family members.

Governor Seyi Makinde had on September 2 in a statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, approved the selection of Laoye as the next Soun.

But on Thursday, a state High Court in Ogbomoso restrained the governor, the Attorney General of the State and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters either by themselves, agents or officials from presenting any instrument of office in any form of ceremony or issuance of certificate of installation to Laoye until the final determination of the mandatory injunction already filed before the court.

Meanwhile, the new monarch was at the palace on Friday for official installation, which was performed at Abata by the kingmakers, led by the Areago, High Chief Sobalaje Otolorin.

The kingmakers however said they did not receive any court injunction restraining them from installing Laoye as the new Soun of Ogbomoso.


Alaafin Throne: Court Grants EFCC’s Application To Probe Oyo Kingmakers Over Bribery Allegation



A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday dismissed an application filed by five Oyo kingmakers to restrain the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from probing them.


Counsel to the Oyo State government, Mr N.A. Abiola has told the court to reject the kingmakers’ application because they were merely based on assumption.


In five separate judgments, Justice Ekerete Akpan held that it was impossible to restrain the EFCC from carrying out its constitutional duty which was an investigation of suspected financial crime.


Akpan added that mere interpretation of EFCC’s intention especially as it bordered on an ₦15 million bribery allegation when the anti-graft body invited the applicants for interrogation did not amount to harassment.


He, therefore, dismissed the application on grounds of incompetence.


Counsel to the applicants, I.B. Olayinka had in five separate applications prayed the court to declare as unfair and unjust EFCC’s ceaseless attempt to arrest and investigate his clients over the alleged collection of cash gifts by the kingmakers.


He added that the action of the Oyo State government which is the second respondent in the case who requested the EFCC to investigate the kingmakers was a clear case of witch-hunt of his clients.


“Just imagine my lord, the kingmakers completed their assignment of choosing the next successor to the throne on Sept. 22 2022 and a year after, the state government became dissatisfied, faulting the process,” Olayinka said.


Counsel to the EFCC, Mr S.M. Galadanci had told the court to discountenance Olayinka’s submissions because two of the kingmakers; Asimiyu Atanda and Lamidi Oyewale graciously honoured the EFCC invitation and provided very useful information.


Galadanchi argued that the two chiefs stated that the kingmakers arrived at a consensus on who the next Alaafin would be after one of the candidates to the throne known as Lukman Gbadegesin allegedly offered each of them ₦15 million.


He further said that others declined to honour the invitation, adding that those who were in EFCC’s office returned home without any problem.


Also, counsel to the Oyo State government, Mr N.A. Abiola told the court to reject the kingmakers’ application because they were merely based on assumption.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf Ayoola, (Basorun), Lamidi Oyewale (Sanu), Asimiyu Atanda (Agbaakin), Hamzat Yusuf (Akinniku) and Wakeel Oyedapo have for about two years been engulfed in a feud with the Oyo State government over corruption allegation levelled against them in respect of the selection of the Alaafin of Oyo.



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Emirate Tussle: Court Adjourns Kano Govt Case Against Ado Bayero, Others





The Kano State High Court has decided to postpone the hearing regarding the state government’s request to prevent Aminu Ado Bayero and four others from ‘parading’ themselves as Emirs.


Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu has ordered the adjournment of the case to July 2, 2024, for the upcoming hearing.


A Federal High Court in the state had invalidated all measures taken by the state government to revoke the Kano Emirates Council Law 2024.


Originally, the Kano House of Assembly repealed the law, prompting Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to enforce it by deposing Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the Emir of Kano.


Furthermore, the governor annulled the establishment of four additional emirates—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya—that were established by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.


The law was utilized to reinstate Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was deposed by Ganduje in 2020, as the Emir of Kano.


Nevertheless, Aminu Babba Danagundi, a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate known as Sarkin Dawaki Babba, contested the legality of the law.



Through his legal representative, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), he urged the court to declare the law invalid.


In a ruling issued last Thursday, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman overturned the actions of the Kano government and instructed all parties to maintain the previous state of affairs.

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Emir Sanusi: I Don’t Care If I’m Removed Again





Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken out about the controversies surrounding his removal and reinstatement.


In an interview, he discussed the history of the Kano Emirate, the reasons behind his unpopularity with the past administration, and the role of traditional institutions in Nigeria.


Sanusi described the creation of new emirates by the previous government as an “assault on a system” that divided the people of Kano.


He emphasized that the Kano Emirate has existed for over 1000 years and that the creation of new emirates was done without consideration for history or tradition.


The Emir also addressed the issue of kingmakers, stating that the previous government’s creation of a new kingmaker position was unconstitutional and went against the tradition of the four kingmaker families who have historically chosen the emir.


Sanusi expressed gratitude to the current government for restoring the original order and emphasized that his focus is on preserving the history and custom of the emirate, rather than personal interests.


When asked why he did not challenge his removal in court, Sanusi explained that he did not want to engage in a lengthy legal battle that would have kept him away from his duties as emir. Instead, he chose to focus on his personal development, completing a PhD thesis on the codification of Islamic Family Law.


Sanusi plans to leverage his experience and knowledge to move the emirate forward, emphasizing the importance of education and economic empowerment for women and children. He praised the current government’s efforts to prioritize education and provide opportunities for girls to attend school.

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