Osun Traditional Rulers Suspend Oluwo Of Iwo

Again, Magistrate Orders CP To Produce Iwo King In Court
A file photo of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.

 

 

The Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers has suspended the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, for six months.

This formed part of the resolution of the monarchs on Friday at an emergency meeting presided over by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

Oba Akanbi’s suspension comes a few weeks after he was said to have assaulted another monarch, the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo.

The incident reportedly took place at a peace meeting with the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone II, Bashir Makama.

 

The Council of Traditional Rulers, at its meeting, suspended the Oluwo for various gross misconducts unbecoming of a traditional ruler.

He was also barred from making public statements in the media about fellow monarchs.

The Council cited instances of the Oluwo’s alleged misconduct to the Alake of Egbaland, the Alaafin of Oyo and the Ooni of Ife.

A committee headed by the Orangun of Ila was also set up by the Council to investigate what they call various unroyal conducts by the Oluwo.

The committee was mandated to work out how to help in becoming a good and well-behaved Yoruba king.

The Council left the issue of assault on the Agbowu of Ogbagba to the law enforcement agencies to act on.

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who ordered the arrest of a prominent traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, has withdrawn from the case.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

 

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.

Yahoo Fraud Allegation: Court Insists Iwo Monarch Should Be Arrested

Abdulrasheed-Akanbi-Oluwo-of-Iwo,The supremacy battle between the traditional stool and the judiciary in Osogbo is getting tougher, as the Magistrate Court has issued another order for the arrest of Oluwo Of Iwo, Oba Abdulraseed Adewale.

The Magistrate Court presided over by Mr Olushola Aluko is insisting that the Oluwo Of Iwo should be kept in prison till the next adjourned date over his defiant attitude towards an earlier court order.

Olushola issued the fresh order during his sitting on Wednesday at the Osogbo Magistrate Court in Osun-State.

A Criminal Case

The magistrate had on December 20 issued a bench warrant against the monarch for his refusal to adhere to court order.

However, Olushola adjourned the case till December 27 for mention but the date was declared public holiday by the Federal Government.

The counsel to the applicant, Soji Oyetayo, was present in court on Wednesday for the magistrate to fix an enrollment date for the case.

But the magistrate responding to the request of the plaintiff said: “I want to clear the mind of the public about the case before me and I want to say that the application before me is a criminal case and not a civil matter at all.

“The Commissioner of Police should know and perform his legitimate duty under the law. He should find out whether or not three lorries of police man were sent to the Magistrate Court to rescue the magistrate that was initially trying the case in Iwo before the case was transferred to Osogbo.

“Indeed prison officials had to fire some gunshot before the situation at the premises of the court calmed down.

“When the first defendant failed to appear in this court, the court in exercising his power, as provided by law, issued bench warrant to compel the first respondent Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi to appear before this court”.

The Magistrate for explained that by implication the monarch should be arrested and kept in prison till next date of the sitting for his failure to appear, as ordered by the court.

According to him, the bench warrant was issued in the presence of his lawyer, Mr Olaide Yekin and counsel to the Commissioner of Police Mr Abass Harunan the Officer in Charge of legal, State CID command Osun.

“After the event of last adjourned date the online media was awashed with threat allegedly issued by the first respondent, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale to arrest me traditionally. I personally read and watched on Channels Television on Friday 23rd of December 2016 then on Monday 26th December 2016, Punch newspaper published it at page 12 a story caption: I’ll not appear before Osun magistrate.

“The story was also promoted on the front page of the paper, in the body of the story the first respondent was quoted as saying that “it is a shame on judiciary to have such magistrate sitting. I have the print out of the statement posted on channels Television and newspaper publication.

“It is no doubt that the statement are contemptuous in nature and they are meant to embrace and humiliate this court. Under the law, it is contempt espacal which attracts punitive action and this court has a duty to protect itself from assault and preserve the sanctity of judiciary and due process, therefore the case which brought the parties before me is hereby stepped down until this issue of contempt is cleared,” the Magistrate stated.

He further pointed out that the non-issuance of a bench warrant against the Commissioner of Police was not an excuse for the first respondent not to appear on the summon on him on October 10.

“The Commissioner of Police was sued on his official capacity hence he need not to appear personally. It is on that score that another bench warrant is hereby issued on the first respondent Oba Rasheed Adewale to appear before this court again personally on the first adjourned date which is 30th December 2016 to come and confirm if indeed he made those statement to explain what he meant by allegation of bias and the statement that read “it is a shame on the judiciary ” as published in the Punch newspaper and to stand by the statement if he uttered them or retract them consequently to tender unreserved apology to the court.

“This court shall deal with the matter primarily on the next adjourned date whether or not the first respondent is present in court. The enrollment shall be served to his counsel team lead by Olaide Yekin. That is mine position on the matter,” he added.

The case is expected to come up on December 30, 2016 whether or not the Oluwo of Iwo will appear before the court, the event unfolding will give the answers on the day.

Oba Akanbi had refused to appear in court in person to defend allegations filed against by Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, that he was sponsoring thugs and involved in Yahoo fraud.

Earlier on Wednesday he gave reasons for his refusal to appear in court.

He insisted that 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.

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.

BOI Partners With Iwo Community On Production of Local Fabrics

Local fabrics, BOIThe Bank of Industry (BOI) has partnered with Iwo community of Osun State to promote use of local fabric in fashion lines.

The Acting Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BOI), Mr Waheed Olagunju, who was invited to Iwo by the Oluwo of Iwo said that the organisation is ready to assist the fabric makers to expand their business and improve the quality to meet export standard.

While inspecting the garments from local fabrics of aso oke and adire, he noted that the over dependence on foreign goods can only be remedied when Nigerians start patronizing locally made goods‎.

The inspection took place at the palace of the Oluwo Of Iwo, Oba Abdul Rasheed Akanbi, Ilufemiloye, Telu 1 in Iwo Local Government of Osun State.

He gave the assurance that he would sign a Memorandum of Understanding that would ensure that all those involved in the value chain are considered to enhance their capacity.

The MoU would also seek to help them add better value to their fabrics in order to make the product a good source of foreign exchange for the country.

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi, also stated his reason for inviting BOI officials to the town.

He said that he embarked on a campaign to shift attention to usage of local fabrics for western designs to empower those involved in the business and to export Yoruba culture to the outside world.

He explained that the fabric is good enough to be used as uniforms for security agents, uniform for school children among others.

He also disclosed that through his efforts, a bill at the Osun State House of Assembly that makes locally produced adire the uniform for pilgrims from the state to Hajj has been passed.

The monarch urged President Buhari to support the initiative as part of efforts to revive Nigeria’s ailing economy.