The Amororo Ruling House of Onipara of Ipara-Remo in Ogun State has dragged the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun; the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape; and the kingmakers at Ipara-Remo to court over the alleged imposition of a traditional ruler, Oba Taiwo Taiwo, on them.
Others dragged to court were the Secretary to the Remo North Local Government Area; Olori Emo of Ipara Remo, Adekunle Ayoka; Oluwo of Ipara Remo, Oluwole Sorionola; the Acting Olotu Iwarefa of Ipara Remo, Adeyemi Opadipe; the Acting Apena of Ipara Remo, Chief Odubayo Ojeleye; Asipa Emo of Ipara-Remo, Owolabi Opadipe; and the Balogun of Ipara-Remo, Yemi Ogunbiyi.
The royal family, in suit number HCS/90/2021, alleged that Taiwo was not a member of the Amororo Ruling House and hence not entitled to the nomination exercise of the Onipara of Ipara Chieftaincy.
Representing the royal family in the suit, the Olori-Ebi Amororo Royal Family of Ipara Remo, Adetimeyin Gbowowa, and four others, maintained that the nomination process leading to the selection of Taiwo for the vacant stool was null and void.
The royal family also said the selection process for the filling of the Onipara of Ipara Remo Chieftaincy conducted by the kingmakers was contrary to the native law and custom of Ipara-Remo.
The ruling house prayed the court for an order setting aside the nomination and selection of the monarch as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo Oba-elect.
The Amororo family further prayed the court for an order directing the state government to set in motion another nomination and selection exercise towards the filling of the vacant stool of the Onipara of Ipara Remo.
The prayers also included “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 11th defendant from parading and/or holding himself out as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, Ogun State.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st to 9th defendants from recognising the 11th defendant as the Onipara of Ipara-Remo, Ogun State.”
When the case was called before Justice Nasiru Agbelu of the Ogun State High Court in Sagamu on Thursday, he adjourned till November 23, 2021, for hearing. ,,
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