Ahead of the installation of the new Olubadan of Ibadan, High Chief Saliu Adetunji this Friday, the Seriki Chieftaincy line has asked the court to commit him to prison if he presents himself for the said installation.
To stop the installation, the Seriki line has filed a committal proceeding against the Olubadn designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji.
It would be recalled that the Seriki chiefs are in legal tussle with the Olubadan-in-Council over the emergence of a new Olubadan and also some appointments of some high chiefs to fill vacant stools after the death of two prominent chiefs on both the Olubadan and Balogun lines-two royal lines that produce the king.
The Olubadan-in-Council’s legal tussle which started in 2007 was re-ignited after Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 passed away on January 19 this year.
A suit no I/421/107 between Chief Adebayo Oyediji and others versus the Oyo State Governor and others, issued on 23rd of February this year stated; “Notice of consequences of disobedient to order of court to Chief Saliu Adetunji of Adetunji’s House, Popoyemeja, Ibadan;Take notice that unless you obey the direction in this order, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison”.
The applicants are seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the 4th to 9th defendants from presenting themselves for selection, appointment, promotion or filling of any vacancy now existing or that may later exist in the Ekerin Olubadan, Ashipa Olubadan, Osi Olubadan ,Otun Olubadan and Olubadan of Ibadan Chieftaincies pending the hearing and final determination of the originating summons filed by the plaintiffs/applicants.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Chief Judge, Justice Mukhtar Oladipo Abimbola last week Tuesday refused to grant the Seriki’s lineage an interim order to stop the installation of a new Olubadan of Ibadanland pending the determination of a substantive suit.
Justice Abimbola , after refusing the prayer of the aggrieved chiefs, added that if the monarch is installed illegally, the court reserves the right to remove him.

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