Osun to Ruling Houses: Seek legal redress over Obaship tussle

The Osun State Government has advised royal families in towns where there are disputes on succession to the throne to seek redress in court.

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, said this Friday in Osogbo, the state capital.

Alimi gave the advice when members of the Nyanbilolu ruling family house of Ekonsin in Odo-Otin Local Government Area paid him a courtesy visit.

He said the adoption of a legal solution to the chieftaincy title dispute would prevent any form of breakdown of law and order in the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier on Thursday, scores of indigenes of Ekosin had besieged the state secretariat in Osogbo to protest the delay in the release of white paper on vacant stools in the state.

Alimi said that the Governor Ademola Adeleke-led administration and committee constituted to look into the issue on vacant stools had concluded its work on the white paper.

He said that the case of Ekonsin vacant stool in dispute had been taken before the Osun State High Court in Ikirun by members of some ruling family houses.

The Commissioner said that the government would await the outcome of the suit before it could take any action.

He said: “The governor set up a committee that looked at all obaship vacant stools in the state and which submitted its report and a white paper subsequently released.

“I believe you can get a copy of the white paper report on what it stipulated regarding the Obaship issue at Ekonsin in Odo-Otin.”

The Commissioner said that the protest by some indigenes of the town at the state secretariat, Osogbo was unnecessary, but rather the people should await the verdict of the court.

Also, the Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Bashir Oladipo, urged the Nyanbilolu ruling house to follow due process in resolving the obaship dispute.

Oladipo said the state government’s white paper would further guide the ruling house on what next round to do.

In their separate remarks, Kayode Asa and Hezekiah Ilufoye from Nyanbilolu royal house said that one Kasali Olagunju had been parading himself as a king in Ekonsin.

They both appealed to Alimi and Oladipo to ensure due processes are followed in preventing any breach of public peace and disturbance.

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