Court sacks chief appointed by Ekiti monarch

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Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Omuo Ekiti has sacked the Agere of Okeringun, Omuo-Oke Ekiti, Mr Jamiu Dende, on the account that his appointment did not follow due process.

The court ruled that the Olomuooke of Omuo Oke, Oba Valentine Adebayo Otitoju, who appointed the sacked chief, lacked the power to do so in line with the Ekiti State Chieftaincy Law.

The head of the Isalu clan and the Elerebi of Omuooke Ekiti, Chief Michael Akomolehin, approached the court in 2019 to seek redress after Oba Otitoju appointed Dende, contrary to the custom and tradition of the land.

The presiding judge, Justice Blessing Ajileye, pronounced that only the Anda, Ejisun, and Olijoji who are the heads of the three clans in the town, have the power to instal minor chiefs in their domain, while the monarch only has the power of approval.

Justice Ajileye noted that all the evidence provided by the claimant was cogent, reliable, and credible, hence the need for the pronouncement.

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