Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Mukhtar Abimbola yesterday fixed February 16, 2016, for the hearing of a case instituted by Chief Adebayo Oyediji on behalf of Seriki royal line against the Olubadan-in-Council, over the installation of a new Olubadan of Ibadanland.
Justice Abimbola directed both counsels to the plaintiffs/applicants and defendants/respondents to make sure they filed and served necessary papers before the adjourned date.
Initially, counsel to the Olubadan-in-Council, Barrister Michael Folorunso Lana had told the court that the plaintiffs had instituted case against dead people.
According to him, all the defendants in the case, except Chief Saliu Adetunji, are dead.
But in response, counsel to Seriki Line, Barrister Abideen Adeniran said they could exclude those who were dead through a motion he had already filed before the court and prepared to move.
The defendants in the case include Oba Samuel Odulana, Chief Omowale Kuye, Chief Adeleke Ajani, Chief Saliu Adetunji and Busari Alarape.
The applicants’ counsel was about to present a motion to the court when the other counsel told the court that he just took over the case and would require some days to react to the motion.
However, Adeniran said the defence counsel was just using a delay tactics, adding that he had served all the necessary processes six days ago, wondering how much time it would take the defence counsel, while the court conceded to the demand by the defence counsel.
Speaking after the court had risen, Counsel to Olubadan-in-Council, Barrister Lana said there was an application that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter and that “we are not aware whether the motion has been heard and the ruling or judgment delivered.

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