Embattled Baale drags Olubadan to court over his removal

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Chief Lukman Ilufemiloye Alao

Following the sudden announcement of his removal from the traditional stool, the Baale of Olode in Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State, Chief Lukman Ilufemiloye Alao has dragged the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji to court.

The embattled Chief asked the court to award him the sum of N2milion for general damages for the pain, embarrassment and degradation he suffered over what he called his unlawful deposition.

Alao was reportedly removed from office on Monday January 9, 2017, after which a new Baale was appointed and sworn-in immediately by the Olubadan.

No reason was given for his removal, in a statement issued by the monarch's Media Aide, Mr. Adeola Oloko, while announcing the removal and installation of another Baale on Tuesday.

Alao in a motion on notice filed by his counsel Mr. Sanni Oyedele, also joined the Olubadan-in-council, Oluyole Local government, and the new Baale Mr. Dauda Odeyemi as co-defedants in the suit.

Chief Alao claimed that the meeting held on the 9th January 2017 was not properly constituted and that it breached all principle of fair hearing as he was not given any petition written against him nor was he heard by the Olubadan-in-council before the decision to remove him and install a new Baale was taken

He also prayed the court to declare the meeting as 'ultra vires' as he was not given the opportunity to defend himself on any allegation made against him.

Besides, he also claimed that the 'newly installed' Baale of Olode was not qualified to occupy the position as he was not a member of the Olode chieftaincy family.

He stated that his purported deposition was unlawful, null and void and that the stool of Olode was not vacant.

He prayed the court to grant a perpetual injunction restraining Odeyemi from parading himself as the Baale of Olode.

In his statement of claim, Alao who was installed the Baale on December 3rd, 2007, averred that the chieftaincy stool had been rotated for time immemorial between the families of Odegbero and Aborisade.

He further claimed that the father of the new Baale, the late Chief Olayiwola Odeyemi Ejo, who was his immediate predecessor, was removed in 2007 because he is not from any of the entire chieftaincy families.

He said Odeyemi was from a small village called Ejo which was about 10kms away from Olode town.

However, no date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

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