A traditional ruler, Oba Clement Aladesaye was on Wednesday arraigned before an Akure Magistrate Court for allegedly sponsoring the destruction of some properties belonging to the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, (FECA) the Ondo State capital
Aladesaye, who is the Olugele of Ugele community in the Akure North Local Government Area of the state, was alleged to have destroyed properties worth millions of naira belonging to the federal institution.
The plea of the traditional ruler was, however, not taken as his counsel; Chief Dapo Agbede argued that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the case because of a subsisting judgment over the matter at the upper court.
The monarch has allegedly entered into the land to execute the judgment of the state High Court of 2012 which declared him the real owner of the land. However, the college had challenged the judgment at the Court of Appeal but the appellate court is yet to delivered judgment on the case.
One of the charges sheet reads, "That you Clement Ajayi Aladegbaye Falodun and others now at large, between 3rd April and 20th day of June, 2017 at about 8:00am at Benin Garage Area of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, in the Akure Magisterial District did forcibly enter into the land in actual and peaceable possession of Federal College of Agriculture in a wrongful bid to enforcing declaratory judgment in Suit No: AK/279/2012 by self-help without obtaining Order of Possession and Writ of Possession of the land in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace or reasonable apprehension of the breach of the peace and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 81 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2016."
"That you Clement Aladegbaye Falodun and others now at large in the aforementioned place, date and time in the Akure Magisterial District, did enter into the Federal College of Agriculture with Stine blast equipment, bulldozer, and motor saw and other implements in a wrongful bid to enforcing declaratory judgment in Suit No: AK/279/2012 by self-help without obtaining Order of Possession and Writ of Possession of the land thereupon."
But Agbede, who argued the jurisdiction of the court, said: "The case has been determined by the higher court and there is a perpetual injunction restraining the complainant from going into the land. The higher court has adjudged the man (Aladesaye) as the real owner of the land."