Oba Falabi has been dethroned as Akire of Ikire in Osun – High Court

The Akire of Ikireland in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Olatunde Falabi has lost in his bid to remain on the throne as the State High Court affirmed his dethronement.

The legal battle over the Obaship tussle in Ikire started in 1993 when Oba Falabi was installed as Akire.

Another contender for the throne then, Prince Tajudeen Olarewaju of Aketula ruling House filed a suit against the installation of the monarch.

The matter dragged up to the Supreme Court and in 2014, the apex court in Nigeria faulted the installation of Falabi as Akire and declared that Tajudeen was entitled to the throne.

After the Supreme Court verdict, the state government attempted to evict Falabi from the palace so as to install Tajudeen as new Akire but the embattled monarch and his legal team went to the State High Court, claiming that Supreme Court did not specifically order Falabi to vacate the palace.

Finally .delivering judgment on the case yesterday, Justice A. B. AbdulKareem held that Falabi has no legal right to occupy the seat of Akire of Ikire.

The judge further held that Tajudeen is entitled to the throne as Akire of Ikire not Falabi.

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