Alleged Yahoo Fraud: Magistrate Withdraws From Oluwo’s Case

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, OshogboMagistrate Olusola Aluko, who ordered the arrest of a prominent traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, has withdrawn from the case.

He says his decision became necessary after police failed to arrest the monarch since last year that he issued the bench warrant of arrest against Oba Akanbi.

At the court sitting in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, on Friday, Magistrate Aluko announced his decision to ‘hands off’ the case because of the dimension it had taken.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Soji Oyetayo, told the court that he had filed a notice seeking the leave of the court to withdraw the suit because his client had decided to discontinue the case owing to intervention of some eminent Nigerians in Osun State and some Yoruba leaders.

The Magistrate explained that he was not willing to listen to the counsels to the parties in the matter since he had already stepped down the substantive matter.

But counsel to the respondent, Mr Laide Yekini, pleaded with the Magistrate to listen to him and consider the notice of discontinuance of the matter brought before the court by his colleague.

The Magistrate insisted that he would not entertain the withdrawal of the case and the counsel to the respondent said he wanted the court to record it appropriately that a notice of withdrawal of the case was brought to the court and the judge refused to entertain it.

As a result of this, the Magistrate agreed to attend to the application seeking the withdrawal of the suit and the counsel to the plaintiff moved the application.

In his ruling, Magistrate Aluko said for the sake of consistency, he would not make any pronouncement on the withdrawal of the suit and that he would withdraw from the cease and refer the case back to the Chief Magistrate for further action. He adjourned the matter till February 15.

Needless War

After the court session, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Ahmed Adekunle Oyelude, who spoke for other traditional rulers said: “On behalf of members of Iwo Traditional Council‎, we have amicably resolved the needless rift between the two brothers, Oluwo-Oke and the Oluwo.

“It has been resolved in the Yoruba way and that is why you can see the Oluwo Oke withdrawing the case and you can see we have demonstrated the traditional institutions respect for the judiciary and we will continue to hold the judiciary in high esteem. Oluwo of Iwo will continue to respect the judiciary.

“Oluwo of Iwo could not make it to the court today because he is indisposed. We are all human beings. God has enforced His order and by the Grace of God, the Oluwo will be on his feet before the next adjournment and he will come and do the needful‎.

This is needless war. We want all of you to know that everything that emanated as a result of this needless issue is regretted. Oluwo holds all of you and Iwoland and Nigeria especially, in high esteem. He will continue to respect the sanctity of the judiciary. He is a foremost traditional ruler and an Apostle of alternate conflict resolution, he has used his money to rehabilitate the court and he will not do anything to undermine the judiciary.

In a chat with reporters after the court’s sitting, the plaintiff, Oba Akadiri Lamidi Adeoye, said he withdrew the case because of the intervention of the former President, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo and the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola who persuaded him to embrace amicable resolution.

“Our former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, called me and our Governor also intervened and asked me to withdraw the case from the court. That is why I decided to do so. I respect this people so much, they are men of integrity and that is why I obeyed them.

“Some of those who intervened are older than me and I cannot say because I am a king, I will not respect them. They are people who should be respected and that was why I followed their advice,”he said.

The Oba further told reporters that he was not coerced or forced to drop the case “as many may want to insinuate”.

“Even the Traditional Council in Osun State intervened. So, what else do I want than to accept. If the case is taken to the supreme Court today, we will win the case but because of those who have appealed to us to drop the case, we just have to obey,” the oluwo-oke explained.

The Oluwo-Oke had dragged his brother king, the Oluwo of Iwoland to court over superiority issue between the duo which eventually pitched their subjects against themselves and almost turned violent in Iwoland and its suburbs.

He accused Oba Akanbi of presently making money through the internet fraud otherwise known as “Yahoo Yahoo” and was using his palace as a cover-up.

But Oba Akanbi reacted to these allegations in a 13 paragraph affidavits through the Aremo of Iwo land, Mr Adelani Akanbi, describing the application filed against the Oluwo of Iwo by Oba Adeoye as “scandalous, vexations and designed to embarrass, blackmail and ridicule the monarch in the view of right thinking members of the society”.

 

Oba Rasheed Initiates Rehabilitation Of Osogbo-Iwo Road

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, OshogboThe traditional ruler‎ of Iwo Land, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi, has initiated the rehabilitation of the long abandoned 44-kilometre Osogbo – Iwo – Ibadan road.

Relief appears to have come the way of road users in the area as the project is expected to bring ease to the myriad of problems often experienced by motorists on the road which links the state capital.

The Osogbo-Iwo-Iba‎dan road is one major road that has been a source of worry to many motorists who travel in and out of Oyo into Osun state.

It had long been abandoned by many who equally complain of the effects on their vehicles. It had also become a haven for robbers.

Although the project had been handed over to various contractors in the past, residents say the 44-kilometer ‎road remains one of the worst routes for
motorist because of its deplorable state.

Recently, the state of the road, however, got the attention of the traditional monarch of Iwo, who along with youths of the community and other subjects, commenced rehabilitation in order to restore it back to a motorable state.

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, Oshogbo

A member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Akinade Adesola, as well as the Project Manager of the Rural Access and Mobility Programme, Mr Lere Oriolowo, believe that ‎the initiative would go a long way in alleviating the hardship experienced on the Iwo-Osogbo road.

However, the rehabilitation work being carried out presently is palliative, as the traditional ruler and other stakeholders are still appealing to the federal and state governments to begin major work as fast as possible.

Officer Explains Why 454 Out Of 582 Inmates In Ilesa Prisons Await Trial

Abdul Rasheed Akanbi Oba Oluwo of Iwo on Ilesa Prison inmates
Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi

In Ilesa Prison in Osun State, 454 out of 582 inmates are awaiting trial, a situation that an official said was as a result of huge challenges facing the Prisons Service.

The officer in charge of the Prisons, Deputy Comptroller Ope Fanimikun, said that presenting 454 inmates for trial in 72 courts was a huge challenge for officers.

Mr Fanimikun gave reasons for the large number of inmates awaiting trials while receiving Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi and his team into the premises of the prison.

He said that the Prisons service had just four vehicles, the newest of which was given to the prisons four years ago.

The Deputy Comptroller sought the support of Nigerians in form of vehicles’ donation to ensure that inmates were presented for trials to decongest the prisons.

He disclosed that the prison needed at least 20 vehicles, medical facilities and consumables.

State Pardon

According to him, some of the inmates supposed to have been referred for further treatment in more advanced medical facilities are still being treated within the prison, because of unavailability of funds.

On their parts, some of the inmates pleaded with the state government to grant inmates with good conduct state pardon and commended officials of the prison for doing their best to better their lot.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Bosede Sodiq said that officials of Ilesa prisons make efforts to maintain the prison ensuring that it was not so congested.

“The rooms are not overcrowded and the female section is neat,” Bosede said.

Turn A New Leaf

Addressing reporters after his tour of the facility, Oba Akanbi said that his mission was to have a first-hand experience of what was happening within the wall of the prisons and see areas he could intervene.

The royal father urged inmates not to see their status as end of life and advised them to ensure they turn a new leaf and be close to God even in their situation.

The Oluwo of Iwo further frowned at a situation where inmates spend several years in prison awaiting conclusion of their trial and offered to pay fine of those with mild fines.

“I find it very painful that inmates have stayed here for so long without trial.

“I want to appeal to the Chief Judge of Osun State in person of Justice Adepele-Ojo to please, find time to visit this prison and look into the plight of these people.

“Many ‎of them have been here for about three to four years, even eight years. If they had been convicted, maybe their term would probably be just six months or one year and they have been here far longer than that,” the Oba Said.

Harsh treatment of ex-convicts by Nigerian society has been identified as the major challenge militating against successful integration of prisoners after completing their terms, but he Oba gave the inmate hope.

“We need to see these people as humans.

“They have sinned and many of them have changed from their old ways. As they leave the prison, it behoves on us to accept them into the society and not stigmatise them. Stigmatisation makes these people go back to their old ways.

“Let us visit them while they are here and encourage them to become better persons,” he added.

One Feared Dead In Iwo Mob, Police Clash

Iwo-Palace-Mob-police-clashPandemonium broke out in Iwo town in Osun State on Monday morning, as a clash between an angry mob and the police left one person dead and two others injured.

The fracas that broke out in front of the palace of the monarch, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi.

An eyewitness said the crisis started when ‎protesters besieged the palace of the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Akanbi, who was planning to hand over a suspected kidnapper caught that same morning in the town to the police.

The people of the town‎ had gathered there to prevent the monarch from handing the suspected kidnapper to the police, owing to their lack of confidence that justice would be done.

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Huge crowd gathered in front of the palace to prevent planned handover of a kidnapper to police officials

According to the eyewitness, the police while trying to disperse the protesters shot sporadically from the palace premises allegedly killing one and leaving two others injured.

The unidentified victims were taken to a hospital, where one of them was reported to have died.

Security agencies have made efforts to restore peace but the people are still standing their ground.

The Oluwo of Iwo is yet to speak on the matter.