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Court grants deposed Ibadan monarch’s application in battle to reclaim family land

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Court grants deposed Ibadan monarch’s application in battle to reclaim family land

Unread postby Wsj » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:32 pm

Oyo state High Court sitting in Ibadan has granted the application filed by the Onido of Ido, in Ibadan, Chief Tajudeen Adelani Akinola Agura in the legal firework to reclaim his family land after his controversial removal as Onido by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji .

Chief Agura, DAILY POST learnt filed an application on 23 March, 2017, seeking to call additional witness to interpret some portions of the book written by the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Akinyele on the history of Ibadan to further buttress that Ido has been in existence even before the second Ibadan.

In the suit, Onido, who is currently challenging his purported removal as
Onido by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji insists that the parcel of land is a family land, and not belonging to the Onido stool.

Agura who was last year deposed by the Olubadan dragged the new Onido, Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola and fourteen other parties before the court in a case with suit number 1/735/13, over alleged encroachment on 26,000 acres of land.

Counsel to Chief Agura, Atinuke Akindele, brought the application seeking to call one Mr. Lamidi Idris Adisa, as an additional witness to interpret certain pages of the book on the history of Ibadan, authored by Oba Akinyele, 6th edition.

He urged the court to grant the application , deeming the written statement on oath of Mr. Lamidi Idris Adisa as properly filed and served.

The former Onido’s counsel told Justice G.A. Sunmonu of the court that the application was brought pursuant to section 210 of the Evidence Act, 2011, urging the court to grant it.

The first defendant counsel, Mr Abayomi Idowu had filed an objection, stating that the written statement on oath of Mr Lamidi Idris that Chief Agura intend calling was not attached to the application .

The presiding Judge, Justice G. A. Sumonu after listening to arguments from counsel to the parties in the matter, granted the claimant’s (Chief Agura) application on the position of law that once there is an irregularity in any proceeding and either of the party has taken steps to correct that irregularity, then such irregularity becomes regular.

Justice Sunmonu later adjourned the case to January 24, 2018, for pre-trial conference.


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