Enough of Provocative acts by Deji Aladetoyinbo in our Domains —Akure North Obas warn

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

……Obaile, Iju, Itaogbolu, Osi, Eleyowo monarchs dare Oba Aladetoyinbo.

…….I remain their Paramount Ruler —Deji insists.

Traditional rulers in Akure North local government area of Ondo State have called on the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi to desist from further provocative, reckless and aggressive acts of removing and imposing Olus and minor chiefs in the council area in clear violation of the state government’s white papers, traditional and various courts’ judgements.

The monarchs who operate under the umbrella of the Chieftaincy Committee, Akure North Local Government Area, made their postion known in a Press Statement signed by their Chairman and Okiti of Iju, Oba Amos Farunkanmi; the Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Joseph O. Agunbiade and the Ogbolu of Ita-Ogbolu, Oba Idowu Faborode.

In the press statement made available to SUNSHINETRUTH at Oba-Ile, the traditional rulers said they would no long condone excesses of Oba Aladetoyinbo especially at Eleyowo, Igoba, Isinigbo as well as Ajebandele Tedibomi and other parts of Igbatoro.

The monarchs said, “the acts of provocation and aggression of the Deji of Akure against the traditional establishments in Akure North Local Government Area are therefore becoming too many to be tolerated.

“Sadly, it is now becoming clearer that Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (the Deji of Akure) is either confused or mischievous as to the territorial boundaries of Akure Town. Oba-Ile, Ita-Ogbolu, Iju, Ayede-Ogbese, Osi, Eleyowo, Isinigbo, Owode, and the numerous other communities in Akure North Local Government are not, and have never been part of Akure Town, as the Deji is now claiming.

“The Recognized Chiefs or Obas in Akure North have instituted an action against the Deji of Akure, over his provocative and unconstitutional incursions into Akure North Local Government to brew crises and make illegal appointments of Olus and Baales or minor chiefs. The case, with number AK/192/2012, is still pending before the Ondo State High Court 6, Akure. Hearing has not been concluded in the case, not to talk of judgment.

“The Deji of Akure has been deceiving unsuspecting members of the public that he has the judgment of court declaring him as the prescribed and consenting authority over the entire communities in Akure North Local Government, even though consenting authority had been abolished since 1981. This is patently false. If the Deji of Akure has such judgment, let him go to the court and enforce it.

“If, in disrespect for the rule of law and in spite of the pending court cases, the Deji of Akure continues to instigate further crises in communities in Akure North Local Government Area over his provocative and illegal purported appointments or removals of Olus anywhere under our domains, the Obas as well as all the Olus in Akure North Local Government may have no choice than to pay the Deji of Akure back in his own coin. We say this without mincing words, and we hope the authorities are listening,” the Akure North Obas said.

They noted that “the principle of Consenting Authority had however been abolished by the Ondo State Government as far back as 1981 in the State Government’s White Paper on Morgan Chieftaincy Review Commission-Paragraphs 10 and 11.

“For the Deji of Akure to still be claiming to be, or parading himself as the “Consenting Authority” for any chieftaincy, whether within Akure North Local Government, or even his own Akure South Local Government, therefore, is an exhibition of ignorance of the legal and factual history of Chieftaincy Matters in Ondo State,” the monarchs warned.

In a response, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi through his Chief Press Secretary, Michael Adeyeye had recently maintained that he remains the prescribed authority on minor chiefs and Olus in Akure North local government area.

Oba Aladetoyinbo said, “It is important to state that the jurisdiction of Oloba of Oba –Ile is ONLY limited to Oba –Ile town in Akure North Local Government of Ondo State, as every other communities in the said Local Government are traditionally and historically under the domain of the Deji of Akure.

“Prior to the installation of recognized Oba in Iju, Ita – Ogbolu and Ogbese all in Akure North Local Government of Ondo State (formerly Akure Local Government), the Deji of Akure was the consenting and prescribed authority over the appointment and installation of minor chieftaincies in these communities (i.e. appointment/ installation of Baales and Olus),” the Akure Monarch insisted.

“The mere fact that the then Akure Local Government was bifurcated into Akure South Local Government and Akure North Local Government does not take away the power of the Deji as the prescribed authority over minor chieftaincies in both Akure South and North Local Government of Ondo State, Eleyowo Community inclusive.

Oba Aladetoyinbo said “the Ondo State Government made its position known that notwithstanding the bifurcation of Akure into two Local Governments, the Deji of Akure land still retains consenting authority based on traditional and historical backgrounds which is non – negotiable.”

Below is the full text of Akure north Obas’ Press Statement;

LET THE DEJI OF AKURE ALONE BE BLAMED FOR STARTING A HARMATTAN FIRE THAT HE CANNOT QUENCH.

A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE AKURE NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCIL OF OBAS IN REACTION TO THE RENEWED CLAIM OF HISTORICAL AND TRADITIONAL DOMINION OVER THE ENTIRE COMMUNITIES IN AKURE NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA BY THE DEJI OF AKURE.

The Council of Obas in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State is conscious of the recent absurd and provocative claim by HRM Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure, that apart from Oba-Ile Town, every community in Akure North Local Government Area is traditionally and historically under his domain.

The said claim by the Deji of Akure was borne out of his failed attempt to lay claim to, and annex Eleyowo Community, which is in Akure North Local Area of Ondo State, as part of his own Akure community in Akure South Local Government Area of the State, as well as the illegal but effectively checkmated attempt by the Deji to instigate crisis in Eleyowo, by purportedly installing one Ojo Boboye as a rival Olu of Eleyowo in the Community.

Suffice it to state that it is Chief Olomi Adesina Agunbiade who is known and recognized by the Akure North Council of Obas as well as the Akure North Local Government and the State Government, as the Olu of Eleyowo.

It is however necessary to restate some salient facts concerning the now recurrent misadventure of the Deji of Akure into the territorial integrity of the Akure North Local Government Area on the appointment and installation of minor chiefs, upon his false claim of being the “prescribed” and “consenting” authority for all the communities in the Local Government.

We therefore state, for the record, that: The power of “prescribed authority”, which means the power of appointment of minor chiefs (i.e Chiefs who are not Obas or Recognized Chiefs), can be conferred on any person either by virtue of an express appointment by the State Executive Council, or by virtue of being an Oba, which automatically makes the Oba the Prescribed Authority for his town. This is expressly stated in S. 16(1) of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 27, Volume 2, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.

The term “consenting authority”, on the other hand, was the permission or consent required from an Oba before a minor chief under his domain would be elevated or upgraded to the status of an Oba.

The principle of Consenting Authority had however been abolished by the Ondo State Government as far back as 1981 in the State Government’s White Paper on Morgan Chieftaincy Review Commission.

Paragraphs 10 and 11 of the said White Paper on Morgan Chieftaincy Review Commission categorically state as follows:

Paragraph 10: “Government accepts the Commission’s recommendation that there should be no Prescribed Authority over any recognized traditional ruler who, on his recognition, becomes a Prescribed Authority over minor chiefs in his town…”

Paragraph 11: “Government accepts the Commission’s recommendation that henceforth no Oba shall be made a consenting authority for the appointment of another Oba…”( The emphasis here is ours)

3.For the Deji of Akure to still be claiming to be, or parading himself as the “Consenting Authority” for any chieftaincy, whether within Akure North Local Government, or even his own Akure South Local Government, therefore, is an exhibition of ignorance of the legal and factual history of Chieftaincy Matters in Ondo State.

4.Having earlier restated the two ways that the power of Prescribed Authority can be conferred or acquired, the Council categorically states that the Deji of Akure was never appointed as the Prescribed Authority for any minor chieftaincy in any of the communities in Akure North Local Government by the State Executive Council, in line with S.16 (1) of the Ondo State Chiefs Law, 2006 quoted above. The Deji of Akure does NOT have such instrument of appointment.

5.The only authority which the Deji of Akure has to appoint any minor chief, just like every other Oba in Ondo State, is his recognition as an Oba, which makes him the Prescribed Authority for the appointment of minor Chiefs only in his town, as stipulated in paragraph 10 of the White Paper on Morgan Chieftaincy Review Commission.

6.Sadly, it is now becoming clearer that Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi (the Deji of Akure) is either confused or mischievous as to the territorial boundaries of Akure Town. Oba-Ile, Ita-Ogbolu, Iju, Ayede-Ogbese, Osi, Eleyowo, Isinigbo, Owode, and the numerous other communities in Akure North Local Government are not, and have never been part of Akure Town, as the Deji is now claiming.

7.It is a fact that Oba-Ile had been in existence for centuries before Akure. Even in the press release through his Press Secretary, on or about 23rd April, 2020, which was reported by some national newspapers, the Deji stated that: “It is important to state that the jurisdiction of Oloba of Oba-Ile is only limited to Oba-Ile town in Akure North Local Government of Ondo State, every other community in the said Local are traditionally and historically under the Deji of Akure.”

8.But it is an indisputable historical fact that Eleyowo, Igoba and Isinigbo were either founded by the same Oloba of Oba-Ile or his direct descendants.

9.We are aware that the Olu of Eleyowo (Chief Adesina Olomi Agunbiade) had, in a recent letter to the Deji of Akure which was also published in many traditional and social media, listed four judgments of both the Ondo State High and the Akure Judicial Division of the Court of Appeal, which confirmed that Eleyowo is part of Oba-Ile land, and was indeed founded by the direct descendants of the Oloba of Oba-Ile.

In reaction to that, the Deji of Akure wrote a letter dated 17th April, 2020 through his Solicitors, B.D Asani & Associates, to several public office holders in the State, including heads of security agencies, stating in paragraph eleven thereof that:

“….these judgments bothered on ownership of land which are different and distinct from the rights of our client as the prescribed authority over minor chieftaincy in Akure North Local Government.” By this statement therefore, the Deji of Akure actually knows that Eleyowo is part of Oba-Ile land.

The same Deji of Akure is however turning around to claim that Eleyowo is part of Akure, and even purporting to remove the Olu of Eleyowo who was installed by the Oloba of Oba-Ile. Is the action of the Deji in this regard not tantamount to a deliberate act of grave cultural provocation?

10Again, the fact that Igoba is part of, and was indeed founded by Oloba is notorious and settled. The Obalogun, who is the overall traditional head of Igoba Community, is a Chief and Kingmaker of Oloba of Oba-Ile, as clearly affirmed by the Ondo State Government in pages 21 and 22 of her White Paper on Morgan Chieftaincy Review Commission, as far back as 1981.

Among the numerous court judgments which have settled the fact that Igoba Community was founded by the Oloba of Oba-Ile and/or his descendants, are the judgment of the Ondo State High Court in Suits AK/164/91: Mr. Adebo Alamude V. Chief Filani Agbogunleri (The Obalogun of Igoba & Anor), delivered by Hon. Justice G.O Olateru Olagbegi on 21/6/1995, and AK/53/2010: Chief Peter Obe & Anor (Suing for themselves and on behalf of Odofin Family, Igoba) V. Akinrinsola Williams Olokunboro (For himself and on behalf of Arowa Family, Agbeja), delivered on 2/10/2011 by his lordship, Hon. Justice O.A Adegbehingbe.

No Deji of Akure has ever laid claim to Igoba land or attempted to install any chief in the Community, whether before or after the creation of Akure North Local Government, except the current Deji of Akure, who has been purportedly removing minor chiefs in Igoba recent times, leading some pending court matters. Again, we urge the relevant authorities to take note of this intolerable act of aggression by the Deji.

11.In the same vein, Isinigbo Community in Akure North Local Government was founded by the biological grandson of Oloba of Oba-Ile, called Otutubiosun.

This is a fact that even the Deji of Akure has never disputed. In page 26 of a recent judgment of the Ondo State High Court in Suit AK/28/2017: Oba Joseph Oluwadare Agunbiade (the Oloba of Oba-Ile and Another) Vs Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi and 2 others, is the following extract from the evidence of Chief Taye Fagite, the Sele of Akure Land, who testified as DW3 for the Deji of Akure in that case, as recorded by Hon. Justice W.A Akintoroye:

“He admitted that Oba Agbeyi Adegbite, the father of Otutubiosun who founded Isinigbo, was once an Oba in Akure and a full son of Oloba of Oba-Ile. The witness affirmed that Oba Agbeyi was brought from Oba Ile to be enthroned in Akure as solution to the pre-mature death of the Deji of Akure by performing a sacrifice with goat, kola-nuts etcetera in Oba Ile and up till today, the rites subsists.”

If Otutubiosun founded Isinigbo as admitted by the Deji of Akure himself, by what common sense or logic would Isinigbo now be regarded as part of Akure land? If the logic in it is simply because Prince Gbeyi who gave birth to Otutubiosun came from Oba-Ile to become the Deji of Akure, then the whole Akure might as well be regarded as part of Oba-Ile from where Oba Gbeyi came.

12.Under no circumstance would the Akure North Local Government Council of Obas tolerate or recognize the illegal and provocative appointment of any minor chief in any community within our domain in Akure North Local Government, since the prescribed authority of every Oba in the State is limited to his town, and the Laws of our land recognizes each Local Government Council in Ondo State as a distinct administrative entity over issues of chieftaincy.

13.It is instructive to note that the present Ifedore and Idanre Local Government Areas of Ondo State used to be part of the old Akure Local Government. Since the creation of Ifedore and Idanre Local Government Areas out of Akure Local Government however, the Deji of Akure never dared to venture into the issue of appointment of minor chiefs in any community in the two Local Governments.

14.The Akure North Council of Obas recalls that shortly after the creation of Akure North Local Government in 1996, the Akure Traditional Institution had written a letter to the State Government, through one High Chief Lt. Col. Folorunso David (Rtd), on 4/7/1997, calling for the establishment of one Traditional Council for both Akure North and Akure South Local Government Areas, under the overriding control of the Deji of Akure.

In response to the letter, the Ondo State Government, in a letter dated 19th August, 1997 and signed by one S.A Ariyibi for the Secretary to the State Government, had categorically stated that: “Under the existing Chieftaincy and Local Government Edicts in the State, the paramouncy of any Kabiyesi remains within his Local Government”. The law has not changed since then.

15.Again, the Akure North Local Government Council, in a letter dated 6/6/2008 with Reference No. AKNLG/AD.71 Vol. 111/177, wrote to the Deji of Akure, categorically stating that: “By virtue of the creation of Akure North Local Government out of the then Akure Local Government in 1996, the Deji of Akure Land lacks the Power and Authority to appoint or install any person into the position of minor chieftaincies in Akure North Local Government.”

16Interestingly, one Hon. Prince Oluwole Ogunlade Toyin who was the Vice-Chairman of Akure North Local Government and a Prince from the Deji of Akure Ruling House, had formally written the former Deji of Akure, Oba Adepoju Adesina, a letter dated 07/05/2012, restating that the Deji of Akure had no power under the law to appoint minor chiefs or Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government. The letter was copied to the Akure North Council of Obas.

17.Ironically, the same Prince Oluwole Ogunlade Toyin is not just the blood brother of the current Deji of Akure, but also his Chief of Staff.
18.All the previous appointments of Olus and Baales in Akure North Local Government Area by the Deji of Akure have been a circus play and of no effect.

The Deji claimed to have created Ayetoro Quarters out of Isinigbo Community, and purportedly installed one Ojo Sule as a the Olu of Ayetoro, to spite the Asinigbo of Isinigbo, whom the Deji purportedly claimed to have removed for alleged insubordination.

But the Asinigbo of Isinigbo remains the duly recognized traditional ruler of Isinigbo. The entire traditional establishment in Akure North Local Government does not, and would never have anything to do with the so-called Olu of Ayetoro Quarters of Isinigbo.

19. The Deji of Akure equally claimed to have removed Chief Olomi Adesina Agunbiade as the Olu of Eleyowo and installed one Ojo Boboye as the new Olu of Eleyowo as in year 2018. The Akure North Local Government Authority as well as the Council of Obas and Olus in the Local Government do not and would not have anything to do with the said Ojo Boboye. All the previous Olus in Eleyowo were appointed by the Oloba of Oba-Ile, and duly recognized by the government.

20.The Deji of Akure also went to Ajebandele Tedibomi and other parts of Igbatoro to appoint some minor chiefs who are equally not recognized by the Akure North Local Government Council.

21.The acts of provocation and aggression of the Deji of Akure against the traditional establishments in Akure North Local Government Area are therefore becoming too many to be tolerated.

22.The Recognized Chiefs or Obas in Akure North have instituted an action against the Deji of Akure, over his provocative and unconstitutional incursions into Akure North Local Government to brew crises and make illegal appointments of Olus and Baales or minor chiefs. The case, with number AK/192/2012, is still pending before the Ondo State High Court 6, Akure. Hearing has not been concluded in the case, not to talk of judgment.

23.The Deji of Akure has been deceiving unsuspecting members of the public that he has the judgment of court declaring him as the prescribed and consenting authority over the entire communities in Akure North Local Government, even though consenting authority had been abolished since 1981. This is patently false. If the Deji of Akure has such judgment, let him go to the court and enforce it.

24.If, in disrespect for the rule of law and in spite of the pending court cases, the Deji of Akure continues to instigate further crises in communities in Akure North Local Government Area over his provocative and illegal purported appointments or removals of Olus anywhere under our domains, the Obas as well as all the Olus in Akure North Local Government may have no choice than to pay the Deji of Akure back in his own coin. We say this without mincing words, and we hope the authorities are listening.

25.It is a tragedy for a king not to know the boundaries of his kingdom. It is equally a tragedy for a king not to be prepared to defend the territorial integrity of his kingdom, within the permissible realm of the law.

26.Therefore, let the Deji of Akure alone be blamed for starting a fire that he cannot quench.

Signed on behalf of the Akure North Council of Obas, by:

………………………………………….
HRM, Oba J. O Agunbiade
(The Oloba of Oba-Ile)

HRM, Oba Idowu Faborode
(The Ogbolu of Ita-Ogbolu)

………………………………..
HRM, Oba Amos Farunkanmi
(The Okiti of Iju and Chairman of the Chieftaincy Committee,
Akure North Local Government Area)
Dated: 1st May, 2020

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