Court revokes rights of ‘Ibadan obas’ to wear beaded crowns

THREE years after the coronation of 21 Ibadan obas and their promotion to beaded-wearing crowns by the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Justice Aderonke Aderemi of Oyo State High Court on Tuesday set aside all gazettes in the suit.

This feat was achieved in a terms settlement jointly filed by the state government and the claimant, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, in which Justice Aderemi said the parties had met and agreed and that she was left with no option but to set aside the gazette.

It will be recalled that on Sunday, August 27, 2018, the former governor Senator Ajimobi had elevated 21 high chiefs and baales in the state and were decorated with beaded crowns and staff of office at the Mapo Hall, Ibadan.

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The terms of the agreement, dated November 14, 2019, were presented when the matter came up on Tuesday and was accepted by Justice Aderemi of Court Two, Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, in a suit No M/317/2017, to finally end the dispute.

It was signed by the counsel for the claimant, Michael Lana and the Attorney-General of Oyo State, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo.

It was gathered that the parties agreed to set aside gazettes affecting the elevation of high chiefs and Baales as Obas.

It was also agreed that the right to wear beaded crowns was revoked, while the chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Olubadan Chieftaincy and the first defendant in the suit, Justice Boade (retd), had been saddled with the responsibilities to reconcile all parties with the aim of protecting the tradition of Ibadanland.

The agreement was accepted to be made “the judgment” of the court.

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