Five years after his dethronement as the Deji of Akure by the Ondo State government, Adesina Adepoju yesterday appeared publicly in the town.
The public appearance of Adepoju, which was at the instance of a case he instituted against the new Deji and the state government at a state High Court sitting in Akure, witnessed encomiums by residents of the ancient town, especially members of Osupa ruling house where he hails from.
The deposed monarch had instituted a case challenging his dethronement by the state government and the installation of Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo as the Deji of Akure.
Adepoju 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.
Adepoju was dethroned on June 10, 2010, for allegedly assaulting one of his wives, late Mrs Bolanle Adepoju, in the public and consequently, was banished to a location within the state before he left the country for the United States of America.
However, his removal paved way for the installation of late Oba
Adebiyi Adesida in 2010 as the 46th Deji of Akure‎ and his daughter installed the regent of the city after his death.
Counsel to the deposed monarch, Mr Olalekan Ojo told the court that his client had the right to the throne and wondered why a new monarch was installed.
The chief judge of the state, Justice Olaseinde Kumuyi who presided over the matter adjourned further hearing till
December 8, 2015.
However, there was apprehension in Akure yesterday that the deposed Deji was quizzed by detectives from the state police
command after leaving the court.
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 who were mainly members of his family.
But the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the state, 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, adding that “the police have the right to prevent hoodlums from hijacking the situation to perpetrate dastardly acts.”


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