Alleged assault: Court grants application compelling Oluwo to appear in court

A Magistrate Court, sitting in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Friday granted an exparte motion, compelling the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi to appear before it in matter instituted against him by the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dhikirulahi Akinropo over an alleged assault.

When the matter came up before the court, presided over by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, Oluwo was not in court and was not represented by any counsel.

However, speaking during a chat with Tribune Online, counsel to Oba Akinropo, Barrister Soji Oyetayo said: “the motion that was filed in respect of leave was the order that was granted by the court today.”

According to him, “we sought an order seeking leave of the court to file another application to bind him (Oluwo) over. That was the application that was heard and granted today. When we file a motion on notice, it will be fixed for hearing and by then we would respond to the motion on notice.”

It is recalled that Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dhikirullahi Akinropo had instituted a case of alleged assault against the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi before an Osun State Magistrate Court.

He alleged that Oba Akanbi assaulted him at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 11 last month, just as also sought the payment of N100 million as general damages for the assault on his person.

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According to the writ of summons signed by his lawyer, Barrister Soji Oyetayo, which obtained by Tribune Online, Agbowu also sought the court to grant the award of N1 million against the defendants as cost of enlisting legal service.

Oba Akinropo further asked the court to prevent Oba Akanbi from intimidating, harassing nor threaten to attack him, saying he should be compelled to desist from any action that could cause a breach of peace anywhere in Iwo, Ayedire, and Olaoluwa Local Government areas of the state.

In a writ of summons dated 27th of Feb, 2020, supported by a 39 paragraphs statement of claims, the monarch said the Oluwo allegedly him at the AIG office, in the presence of other monarchs and some member of the state executive council, inflicting injury on him which was later treated at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo.

In the writ, six other monarchs from the three local governments who claimed to be available during the alleged assault deposed to affidavits to testify on behalf of the Agbowu.

The plaintiff narrated the genesis of the crisis, regarding Oluwo’s claim that anyone who sells land more than 10 acres around the three councils should obtain his authorization, otherwise the sale would be invalid.

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