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Osun High Court Dismisses Monarch Appointed by Governor Adeleke

Fatimah Adesina, the family's lawyer, confirmed that the position of Olola of Ola is now vacant according to the court order.

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An Osun State High Court has removed Oba Johnson Ajiboye as the traditional ruler of Olola of Ola in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State.

The decision, made by Justice Lawrence Arojo, has stirred tension in the town.

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State approved Ajiboye’s appointment as monarch on January 3, 2024, despite a pending court case and restraining order.

Justice Arojo granted six interim injunctions in response to a motion filed by the opposing family on March 25, 2024, citing alleged illegality.

Fatimah Adesina, the family’s lawyer, confirmed that the position of Olola of Ola is now vacant according to the court order.

There have been ongoing crises in the community since Adeleke appointed Ajiboye. Dr. Femi Fasanya, the head of kingmakers, boycotted and disowned Ajiboye’s installation process in January 2024.

In response, the opposing family, Olugbode, represented by David Salako and Kola Sangoniran, filed a motion (HEJ/3/2020) seeking Ajiboye’s removal and the nullification of his appointment letter.

On April 10, 2024, Kolawole Sangoniran sent a petition to the Osun Police Command, warning of potential unrest in Ola.

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He stated that “the deposed king is planning to confer chieftaincy title on some people at the Olola of Ola’s palace.

“We shall be grateful if you will use your good office to prevent the planned programme and disobedience to court orders. This is to avoid the impending breakdown of law and order, possible killing and maiming that may erupt”.

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