Again, Magistrate Orders CP To Produce Iwo King In Court

Again, Magistrate Orders CP To Produce Iwo King In CourtAn Osun State Chief Magistrate Court on Friday, December 30, 2016 ordered the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye to immediately arrest the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, a first class traditional ruler in the state.

Senior Magistrate Olusola Aluko on Friday, December 20, 2016 had issued a bench warrant for Oluwo’s arrest and also last Wednesday ordered the monarch to appear in court on Friday December, 30, 2016 but the traditional ruler was conspicuously absent when the case came up for hearing.

According to the Magistrate, the case brought before him against the Oluwo of Iwo was a criminal case and by the bench warrant issued by him, “the accused person supposed to have been arrested and kept in prison custody”.

Although, the defendant’s counsel, Barrister Olayide Yekeen wrote the court on why himself would not be present for the proceeding, counsel to the applicant, Barrister Soji Oyetayo explained that no reason was given for the absenteeism of his client.

While highlighting the alleged criminal matters brought against Oba Akanbi, Magistrate Aluko noted that the applicant, the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye did not file a chieftaincy case before him.

“I will like to say that the matter before me was filed based on sections 35, 37 and 38 of the criminal procedures of Osun State.

“In a criminal case such as this, a defendant must appear in court. This court is not trying a chieftaincy matter. It is the law that once an order is made, to prevent anarchy such order must be obeyed.

“It is to be noted that an order was first made by my brother, Magistrate Omisade of Iwo jurisdiction before the case was transferred here by fiat and I had warned him (Oba Akanbi) three times to appear before this court”, he said.

Reading parts of the statement credited to Oba Akanbi, the Magistrate stated, “The first respondent is in contempt of the court. He should also come and explain the statements credited to him on television and newspapers against this court.

“I have a duty to protect the judiciary which the respondent wanted to embarrass and humiliate”.

Magistrate Aluko chided the state Commissioner of Police for failing to perform his duty by not effecting the bench warrant on Oba Akanbi which he personally signed and which was handed over to an officer of the state police command.

He said, “I am baffled that the Commissioner of Police has not done his duty. I am also surprised by his claim that he was unaware of the bench warrant. That must be a joke of the century. I therefore order him to immediately arrest the respondent.

“I am not joking with my order. He should be arrested and brought to this court on Friday, January 6, 2017. The sanctity of the judiciary must be protected”, Magistrate Aluko added. ‎

Mischief Makers

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, recently cleared the air on why he refused to appear in court to face litigation instituted against him by Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, on the allegation that he was sponsoring thugs and involved in internet fraud.

At a meeting with one of the leaders of Quadiriyah Islamic Movement of Yoruba land, Mr Muhammed Imran-Adio, at Imoru Compound, Iwo, Osun State, Oba Akanbi described the allegation as a mere threat to intimate the crown.

“The lawsuit was the handiwork of some mischief makers who want to distract my compassionate leadership style and an attempt to get me docked so as to discredit the crown.

“How can I appear in court on defamatory allegations? There are two respondents in the case, Oluwo and State Commissioner of Police.

“The CP has been represented in court several times and I (Oluwo) have also been represented by three royal fathers and qualified layers, so why should the magistrate run after the crown leaving the man in khaki? This is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

“If they can represent CP, why must they request the physical appearance of a first class ruler? You now insisted on docking Oluwo, maybe you meant another Oluwo not Adewale Abdulrasheed,” he said.

Remove Strange Gods From Palaces, Osun Monarch Tells Traditional Rulers

abdulrasheed-akanbi-oluwo-of-iwoThe Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has described the palaces of monarchs as a temple of God and somewhere only supreme God should be worshipped.

Oba Akanbi made the disclosure when he visited one of the leaders of Quadiriyah Islamic Movement of Yoruba land, Alhaji Muhammed Imran-Adio, at Imoru Compound, Iwo in Osun State.

The frontline monarch, who advised traditional rulers to shun idolatry, stated that God would not help any town whose monarch worships other gods.

Oba Akanbi noted that palaces were known as the abode of God before the existence of Mosques and Churches and urged his colleagues to move various idols in their palaces, saying ‘God hates idolatry’.

The Iwo monarch explained that people should be able to come to palaces and pray to God, maintaining that this would not happen until the monarchs rid their palaces of strange gods, which he said could not help them.

“Our palaces must be clean and devoid of any idol. There is authority in the mouth of any monarch who is clean and who shuns idol worshiping.

“Palaces are the temple of God before the Churches and Mosques came to being, and no one should worship idol in the palace except God almighty, the creator of all mankind. I am a king, but I’m not God and I have vowed to always follow the will of God and that is how I want other traditional rulers to see themselves.

“Oba must not kneel down before anybody to pray. This is a message or a warning to all the kings and let me tell them that their palaces are the habitation of God on earth,” he stressed.

While commenting on why he associates himself with the people of Iwo land, Oba Akanbi said some of his action was to let the youths have the hope that no matter their present situation they could still excel in life.

He said it was incumbent upon monarchs in Yoruba land to associate and offer their subjects various forms of assistance and words of encouragement to give them hope especially in the present economic situation in the country.

Oba Akanbi said the era of monarchs sitting back in their palaces and expecting their subjects to bring tributes to them was long over.

According to him, service to the people is necessary for any monarch to be loved by his subject.

The host, Khalefa Qodiriya, Iwo Land, Sheik Muhammed Imran-Adio, commended Oba Akanbi for his rare progressivism and spirituality just as he described the monarch as a blessing to the entire Yoruba race.

Sheik Adio while eulogising the Oluwo for his leadership style said the frontline monarch had brought unprecedented development to the ancient town through his infrastructural and empowerment programmes.

The Khalifa Qodiriya, who said he was surprised by the visitation to their compound, appealed to Iwo indigenes, both home and overseas to drum their support for the monarch to pilot the sleepy town to constructive point.

Yahoo Fraud Allegation: Oluwo Explains His Refusal To Appear In Court

Abdul-Rasheed-Akanbi-Oba-Oluwo-of-IwoThe Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has cleared the air on why he refused to appear in court to face litigation instituted against him by Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, on the allegation that he was sponsoring thugs and involved in Yahoo fraud.

At a meeting with one of the leaders of Quadiriyah Islamic Movement of Yoruba land, Mr Muhammed Imran-Adio, at Imoru Compound, Iwo, Osun State, Oba Akanbi described the allegation as a mere threat to intimate the crown.

“The lawsuit was the handiwork of some mischief makers who want to distract my compassionate leadership style and an attempt to get me docked so as to discredit the crown.

“How can I appear in court on defamatory allegations? There are two respondents in the case, Oluwo and State Commissioner of Police.

“The CP has been represented in court several times and I (Oluwo) have also been represented by three royal fathers and qualified layers, so why should the magistrate run after the crown leaving the man in khaki? This is an indication that something is wrong somewhere.

“If they can represent CP, why must they request the physical appearance of a first class ruler? You now insisted on docking Oluwo, maybe you meant another Oluwo not Adewale Abdulrasheed,” he said.

The Olowu further claimed that he “was spiritually at the meeting where the plan to ridicule Oluwo was orchestrated. There was never any case, any indictment in the allegations. It was just a paper allegation and baseless binding over”.

In a short speech, the Khalifa Qodiriya, Ede, Sheik Abdullahi Olohunlomerue, condemned the litigation against the monarch, saying “people only throw stones to a tree with fruits.

Sheik Olohunlomerue, who prayed for Oluwo to conquer his enemies, described the frontline monarch as a source of happiness for Nigerians through his services to humanity cutting across roads renovation, improved health materials targeted at liberating many generations.

He warned those behind the false allegations against the Oluwo to desist from it as it would not earn them any good thing.

“You call him Yahoo Yahoo and he renovated Iwo-Osogbo road that politicians cannot fix for years. He complemented government’s effort. The truth is that Oluwo is great and will never fall.

Earlier, the host, Khalefa Qodiriya, Iwo Land, Sheik Muhammed Imran-Adio, commended Oba Akanbi for his rare progressivism and spirituality just as he described the monarch as a blessing to the entire Yoruba race.

Sheik Adio while eulogising the Oluwo’s leadership style said the frontline monarch had brought unprecedented development to the ancient town through his infrastructural and empowerment programme.

The Khalifa Qodiriya, who said he was surprised by the visitation to their compound, appealed to Iwo indigenes, both home and overseas to drum their support for the monarch to pilot the sleepy town to constructive point.

Oba Claims Supremacy Over Court Order, Threatens To Arrest Magistrate

Oba Abdul Rasheed, Rehabilitation, OshogboIt appears the existing feud between two traditional monarchs in Iwo Land of Osun State that has led to an order by a Magistrate Court for the arrest of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, (Telu One) is taking a new dimension.

This is because the Oba Akanbi is threatening to issue what he termed “Traditional warrant of arrest” on magistrate Olusola Aluko of the Osogbo magistrate court who issued his bench warrant.‎

Magistrate Aluko had in the previous week, issued a warrant that would effect a force arrest of the monarch if he failed to appear before it to answer allegations against him by another monarch in the state, one of which was his involvement in fraudulent activities, which he called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.

Supremacy Over Court Order

Though, Magistrate Aluko made good his threat on Tuesday when he finally ordered security agents to produce Oba Akanbi in court by force to answer to the criminal charges against him.

But Oba Akanbi told reporters in Osogbo that he would issue a “traditional warrant arrest” against the Magistrate, claiming supremacy over the court order.

The monarch, who denied the knowledge of the bench warrant of arrest against him, said he came to hear of it on the pages of newspapers.

The Iwo monarch also said he cautioned anyone against attempt to denigrate traditional institution, saying “as a king I too have traditional warrant of arrest I can invoke against the Magistrate.”

The Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Oba Adeoye had approached the Magistrate Court, accusing Oba Akanbi, of concealing some facts about his past to the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.

The Oluwo described the court order as an insult against his throne, saying it was obvious that the judge was out to intimidate and harass him for “reasons best known to him and his sponsors.”

Envious Of My Selfless Service

The Oluwo, who insisted that he had no case to answer before the Magistrate Court, however said he had great respect for the judiciary and the law, adding that he would be ready to answer any serious charge preferred against him in any law court.

Claiming that the court had no jurisdiction over the case, Oba Akanbi accused Magistrate Aluko of “dancing to a tune dictated by a piper”.

He said: “Because somebody or some people somewhere do not like my guts they are making use of an available tool to do their bidding. But I don’t care and I want them to know I can not be intimidated and harassed by anybody. I got so many jobs to do for my people and I would not tolerate any distraction.

“They are certainly envious of my selfless service to the people of Iwo and its environs but that is their headache, not mine. They are desperate, using the idle hands and those without integrity to carry out their diabolical plans. Allah is the greatest and all of us are mere mortals.

“I don’t have any skeleton in my cupboard the detractors just want to drag the name of the Oluwo of Iwoland in the mud. I don’t even involve myself in land matters or sale of lands. I don’t even have a private house other than the palace. My utmost priority is the wellbeing of my people.

“I have spent my personal money to rehabilitate disused courts in Iwoland. I toil day and night for progress of my town. The magistrate and the Oba in question are being paid and sponsored by detractors and this is the price I’m paying for success and great fame”.

Oba Akanbi tasked traditional rulers not to sit back and see the insult on Oluwo as his only predicament but to speak up against it because of its implication on the traditional institution.

He thanked the administrations of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rauf Aregbesola for providing an environment of peace and justice, adding that if not for good government at both state and federal level,  bad elements within the judiciary would have continued to flourish.

Alleged Yahoo Yahoo: Court Wants Oba Arrested To Face Trial

AbdulRasheed-Akanbi-Oluwo-of-Iwo-LandAn Osun State Chief Magistrate Court has issued a warrant of arrest against a first class traditional ruler in the state, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi after he failed to show up in court to defend allegations against him.

The arrest warrant is coming days after Chief Magistrate, Olusola Aluko, threatened at the last sitting of the court that if Oba Akanbi failed to appear before him in compliance with the order of the court on November 25, in a case filed against him by the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, he would have no option but to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

At Tuesday’s sitting, while the applicant, Oba Adeoye, was in court, the Oluwo of Iwo was conspicuously absent, a situation that drew the rage of Magistrate Aluko.

He had at the last sitting sent another monarch, Ologburo of Ogburo, Oba Asimiyu Sadiq, to represent him.

Counsel to the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Mr Soji Oyetayo, in his submission urged the court not to entertain any of the applications filed by the respondent until he complies with the order of the court.

He said: “The first respondent (Oba Akanbi) filed an application of stay of proceeding yesterday afternoon, so, I am of the opinion that he is not ready to move any application today.

“Meanwhile, the court made an order on 25 November, 2016 and up till now the order has not been complied with. The application asking for a stay of proceeding cannot stay the order already made.

“The order of the court is meant to be obeyed. The non-appearance of the first respondent in this matter is a flagrant disobedient of the order of the court”.

Counsel to Oba Akanbi, Mr Olayide Yekeen, explained that his client submitted the notice of preliminary objection, challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case on November 15 and that by careful perusal of the State Magistrate Law, Section 19:1, the court could not entertain the matter.

According to him, “it is the threshold of all cases that whenever the issue of jurisdiction is raised, it is to be taken first. On the issue of jurisdiction and the competence of the case, the respondent has the right to be heard first before any enquiry can be made in the matter”.

In his ruling, Magistrate Aluko stated that he agreed with the respondent’s counsel that the issue of jurisdiction must be treated first.

“On the order of the court made on November 25, 2016, the order remained. I hereby issue a bench warrant against the first respondent while further proceeding on the matter is adjourned to December 27, 2016,” he told the court.

Making Money Through “Yahoo Yahoo”

Oba Adeoye had approached the Magistrate Court accusing the Oluwo of Iwo of concealing some facts about his past to the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.

Oluwo-Oke in a 33-paragraph affidavit said Oba Akanbi’s character did not befit a person of his status and calibre as he was used to carrying armed thugs, miscreants and hoodlums around to harass, intimidate, molest and attack persons whom he perceived as his enemies.

He further alleged that Oba Akanbi forged his name to obtain travelling documents to the United States where he was jailed in New York City and deported to Nigeria in year 2000.

He added that Oba Akanbi later travelled out with his real name to Canada in 2001 and became a Canadian citizen but was also arrested in Toronto and was in jail between 2006 and 2007.

“These facts were concealed for the state government which appointed and installed him as the Oluwo of Iwo,” the suit read.

He also accused him 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”.

Be Innovative In The Quest For Survival, CAN Tells Youths

CAN advises youths of Nigeria at Bowen UniversityThe President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, wants young graduates in Nigeria to change their thoughts and orientation towards the society, which he said had led to different ills.

Reverend Ayokunle made the observation in Iwo at the 11th convocation of Bowen University, in Osun State.

He asked the youths to stand firm for whatever was righteous.

The CAN President warned unemployed youths to jettison the idea of perceiving armed robbery and kidnapping as means of survival and rather be innovative, especially in this period of recession.

“Shun embezzlement, shun violence which some graduates are perpetrating in our society today. Do not join the gang of armed robbers or kidnappers in order to survive,” he cautioned.

He further told the youths to take a cue from the life of the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who has employed a number of people and has become a blessing to the whole world.

“You can make positive difference. Therefore, go out there and positively demonstrate that you are an elite group, a people to be respected anywhere, anytime,” he added.

The Chancellor of the University, Reverend Olimide Kehinde, enjoined graduates of the faith based institution to be different in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence.

“Knowing full-well that many graduates today are not well versed in native intelligence. It becomes additional responsibility on us parents and guardians in the university setting to instill the consciousness that the products of faith based university must show difference in terms of decorum, moderation, moral purity and excellence,” he stressed.

First Set Of Medical Doctors 

While congratulating students, parents and guardians on the occasion, Reverend Kehinde advocated commitment to keeping the vision and mission of the university as headed by the Nigeria Baptist Convention.

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Matthews Ojo, said the university was producing its first set of newly qualified medical doctors.

The Vice Chancellor told the gathering that apart from the 23 medical doctors, the university also produced 63 first class among over 1,000 graduates who received their certificates during the ceremony.

He said that 23 medical doctors would be inducted, highlighting that the university was happy with the competition of the training of its pioneer medical students.

The VC said: “It is an improvement to what is obtained from the previous 59 and 49 for 2003 and 2005 respectively”.

Professor Ojo stated that the university had continued to make its impact felt positively within its host communities, saying it was collaborating with the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to make the road linking Iwo with Osogbo motorable.

He said, “The university has partnered the Oluwo of Iwo in the areas of rehabilitating the bad roads on the Iwo, Ede and Osogbo axis so as to make it become motorable. We are also sponsoring the Iwo Day, the Olupona Day and others. We also sprouted culverts in some of the communities around us”.

The Vice Chancellor commended the Federal Government for the recent licenses given to 10 private universities in Nigeria, describing it as a measure towards creating more access to university education in the country.

He said the capacities of the institutions in existence could not cater for the demands of over one million admission seekers, emphasising it was a right step in the right direction.

Monarch Seeks More Media Coverage Of Human Angle Stories

Abdulrasheed-Akanbi-Oluwo-of-Iwo,The traditional Monarch of Iwo land, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has urged media organisations in Nigeria to be more patriotic in their reportage. 

He advised them to latch on issues that would better the lives of the masses.

Oba Akanbi gave the advice at the lecture organised by the Osun State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to mark the 25th Anniversary of the state. The ceremony was held in Osogbo the capital of the state.

The monarch in his message to the journalists said culture and tradition should not be substituted for religion, pointing out that religion only formed the belief of mankind and had nothing to do with their way of living.

He said: “Substituting our culture and tradition with religion would continue to compound the problems the Nation is presently experiencing.

“Be concerned more about issues that would make the lives of Nigerians better.

“Important issues of masses interest are often swept to a column on the newspaper page.

“This is not good enough and we should not, because we are not paid, decide to dishonour essential issues”.

He also harped on the benefits embedded in tourist sites within the shores of Nigeria, pointing out that the nation would not need foreign visitors if a chunk of its population patronised the nature settlements.

He, however, said it was regrettable that government at all levels was not helping the situation, as the responsibility of overseeing the sites was majorly left in the hands of the traditionalist. This development, he pointed out, had made it convenient for other religious devotees to shy away.

‎The guest speaker at the gathering, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Honourable Dr. Ali Ahmad, also advocated a strong relationship between the legislature and the media in order to enjoy good governance.

Dr. Ahmed spoke on the  lecture entitled “the role of the legislature and media in democratic governance”.

He stressed that if the media played its investigative role and provided the public with information about the actions and opinions of the legislators, tyranny and excesses of arbitrary rule would be prevented.

He, however, pointed out that while the media are playing their most important role – helping the public to enjoy its ‘right to know’ – they should work with a responsibility of the legislature to contribute to political emancipation and transformation in ways consistent with economic principles, pursuing fact-based, fully substantiated reporting.

The Speaker, who was represented by the Leader of the  Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr Hassan Oyeleke, said the media through its investigative role had the power to oust Presidents and Prime Ministers, as it is in so many cases across the globe.

“The fall of Fernando Collect de Mello of Brazil in 1992, Albert Fijimor in 2000, Atdala Bucarain of Ecuador in 1997 and others were caused by investigative reporting on their complicity in corrupt deals”.

He further stressed that “journalists in the past have succeeded in exposing abuse of power, corruption, human rights violations, and assorted malfeasance while policies had been changed and reforms initiated.

All it requires is for journalists and the legislators to come together to perform their respective duties towards strengthening our democracy and good governance”.

On his part, the former Commissioner of Information in Osun State, Honourable Sunday Akere, urged members of the NUJ in the state to put their house in order and resolve the internal wrangling crippling the activities of the union presently.

The Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Hameed Oyegbade, while speaking on the decision to be part of ‘Osun @25 Celebration’ said, the correspondents in the state could not distance themselves from the successes recorded in state since its creation on August 27, 1991.

Monarch Says Iwo Indigenes Can Emerge Ooni Of Ife

AbdulRasheed-Akanbi-Oluwo-of-Iwo-LandThe Oluwo of Iwo Land, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, has led the chiefs and prominent indigenes in the town to their source in Ile Ife.

In what could be described as a journey of discovery, the monarch and his subjects traced their origin to Lafogido Ruling House, which is said to be one of the four ruling houses that produce the Ooni of Ife in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

According to history, the only female Ooni of Ife from Lafogido Ruling House, Luwo Gbagida, departed Ile Ife to found the town today know as Iwo.

The Cradle Of All Mankind

Centuries later and after becoming the Oluwo in less than a year, Oba Akanbi decided to lead his subjects to their ancestral home at Owodo Royal Compound in Okerewe for the first time in their history.

He was received by the elders of the royal house where he expressed delight that he was able to trace his origin back to Ile Ife which the Yoruba nation believed to be the cradle of all mankind.

Oba Akanbi said Oranmiyan, one of the sons of Oduduwa, did a similar thing about 1,500 years ago when he traced his origin to Ile Ife.

He told journalists that it had now been established that indigenes of Iwo could contest to be the Ooni of Ife anytime the stool becomes vacant.

The Iwo monarch added that princes from Ile Ife can also go to Iwo town and aspire to ascend the throne of Oluwo.

“Iwo has a ruling house here in Ife, so it means that Ife princes can come to Iwo anytime and even aspire to be on the stool and also Iwo princes too can come to Ife and still want to do the same ( become the Ooni),” he stated.

The Oluwo said that the Iwo founder, who was the 16th Ooni of Ife, was the first road engineer after paving roads with potsherds.

He insisted that he was part of the ruling house and would be involved in functions members of the family in Ile Ife perform.

One of the heads of the Lafogido Ruling House kown as Sooko, Babatunde Adediwura, corroborated the claims of the Oluwo.

“What Kabiyesi said is the truth. There is no woman in Yoruba land that can be compared to Luwo Gbagida, who is the ancestor of the Oluwo of Iwo,” Adediwura said.