Court orders arrest of two ‘monarchs’ in Ondo
The Chief Magistrate Court in Akure, Ondo State capital, on Friday September 9, issued arrest warrants to two people who had been parading themselves as traditional rulers in Irele and Igodan Lisa in the southern part of the state.
After the application of Charles Titiloye, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for Ondo State, the court ordered the Commissioner of Police to bring the suspects to court.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ordered last week the arrest and prosecution the prosecution of these suspects.
Ademola Idowu Oloworiyibi was accused of conspiring with others to unlawfully assume the Chieftaincy title of Olofun of Irele, said to be against and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ondo state, in Charge No. MAK/423C/2022 filed by the Attorney General before the Chief Magistrate Court located at Oke Eda, Akure.
Oloworiyibi was also charged with acting without consent from the Ondo State Executive Council, and violating sections 15(1) (2) of Chiefs Law of Ondo State by allowing himself to be installed and parading himself as Olofun of Irele.
Adeyemi Adeyemi was also charged with conspiracy and being installed illegally as the Olu of Igodan Lisa in violation of the Chiefs Law of Ondo State in a second charge with the number MAK/424C/2022.
The trial of the two suspects was stopped as they were both absent from court.
F. A. Aduroja, the trial magistrate, directed the Commissioner of Police that they arrest the accused and bring them to court on the next adjourned day.
The case was then rescheduled for September 19, 2022.