Offa people seek Buhari’s intervention on Olofa’s stool

The Olugbense ruling house of Offa in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State has sought the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Judicial Commission (NJC) over the Supreme Court judgment of July 1, 2016 which ruled in favour of Anilelerin ruling house over Olofa’s stool.

The ruling house had earlier petitioned the Chairman of the National Judicial Commission and the Chief Justice of  Nigeria, to probe the Supreme Court’s judgment on the case involving the Olofa of Offa, Oba  Mufutau Gbadamosi of Anilelerin Ruling House and Alhaji Jimoh Bosere-substituted for Alhaji Shehu Oyeniyi and eight others.

Speaking with journalists in Offa on Thursday after the house’s annual general meeting, the national chairman of the ruling house, Alhaji Abdulmumin Lawal, said the judgment was “controversial.”

In attendance at the meeting were members of Olugbense Ruling House from Osogbo, Ifon, Inisa  in Osun State, while others came from Igosun, Offa.

Lawal described the court judgment which, he alleged, affirmed the Anilering female ruling house as solely entitled to the Olofa’s stool, as antithetical to Yoruba culture and tradition.

He said: “We have considered the Supreme Court judgment and our people are not happy about it. We have, therefore, decided that a petition should be written.

“We want President Muhammadu Buhari and the NJC to look into the judgment so that the rightful family member to Olofa’s stool would be installed.”

The chairman who maitained that Offa town started from the Olugbense family house called “Idi-Ape”, said for over 400 years, their forefathers ruled Offa from the first palace before the town spread over.