Deposed monarch challenges removal by Ondo

The new Deji of Akure, Oba Kole Aladetoyinbo, flanked by his wife (left), and Ondo State deputy governor, Lasisi Oluboyo.

The new Deji of Akure, Oba Kole Aladetoyinbo, flanked by his wife (left), and Ondo State deputy governor, Lasisi Oluboyo.

THE deposed Deji of Akure Kingdom, Adesina Adepoju, has challenged the installation of the present monarch, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, accusing the kingmakers and state government for contempt of court order. 

Adepoju made his first public appearance yesterday after five years of his dethronement as the Deji of Akure by the Ondo State government, amid wild jubilation by residents of the town, especially the members of Osupa Ruling House, causing traffic gridlock along the Oba Adesida Road in Akure. 

The public appearance of Adepoju, was informed by the need to attend court sitting in a suit he instituted against the new Deji of Akure and the state government at a State High Court sitting in the ancient town. 

In the suit, Adepoju is challenging his dethronement by the state government and the installation of Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo as the Deji of Akure. He claimed that he was wrongly deposed as the Deji of Akure by the state government and sought for an order of the court declaring him as the Deji of Akure.

Adepoju was dethroned on June 10, 2010 for allegedly assaulting one of his wives, late Mrs Bolanle Adepoju in the public and consequently banished to a location within the State before he left the country for the United States of America.

Following his removal, the State government installed the late Oba Adebiyi Adesida in 2010 as the 46th Deji of Akure. After the death of Oba Adesida, the current monarch, Oba Aladelusi was installed as the 47th monarch of the town.

Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olaseinde Kumuyi whois hearing the suit has adjourned hearing in the matter till December 8, 2015.

Adepoju, who left the court in a convoy, danced from the court to his family compound located at Odo Ijoka Street, Akure where he addressed his loyalists that are mainly members of his family.

Rumour was rife in the town yesterday that detectives from the State Police Command quizzed the deposed Deji after leaving the court for the wild jubilation at his family compound.

But the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph denied the rumoured arrest of the deposed monarch, saying, “The man has not committed any offence to warrant his arrest by the Police.”

He said the presence of Police officers on the street, especially around the residence of the deposed monarch was to ensure security of lives and property. 

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