Alaafin Of Oyo Wants Court To Stop Police From Investigating His Alleged Criminal Activities, Human Rights Violation alaafin

February 26, 2015 9:43 am
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The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has approached
the Federal High Court, Ibadan, requesting a leave to appeal a judgment
of the court. An earlier ruling by the court compelled the Inspector
General of Police, IGP, to investigate alleged criminal activities of
the monarch.

On December 15, the police chief, in a motion of mandamus filed by Jacob Oluokun and Sulaiman Ajiboye,
was compelled by the court in suit No FHC/IB/CS/54/2014 to investigate
the allegations of murder, gun running, bomb planting and human right
abuses against the monarch, as contained in a petition to the office of
the police boss, dated March 18, 2014.

The petition titled: “Unprecedented criminality, flagrant human
rights violations, bomb planting, gun running and unresolved
assassinations in Oyo town, ” was delivered to the IGP’s office
on April 17, 2014, but dated March 18, 2014, according a reliable
source close to the plaintiffs.
While granting the prayers of the petitioners, the Judge, Ayo Immanuel, described it as the statutory duties of the Police .But since the ruling was delivered, the police has not complied. The
monarch has now approached the court through his counsel, Adebayo
Adegbite, to seek the leave of the court to appeal the judgment.
The motion for the leave is supported by a seven-paragraph affidavit
deposed to by one Damilola Olugbemi, from the Adebayo Adegbite Chambers.

Although he was not a party to the original suit, he argues he is an ‘interested party’ in the case.
The counsel, Mr. Adegbite, in his Motion on Notice, said by virtues
of Section 243 of the 1999 constitution, his client could appeal the
ruling.

Although the Police Public Relations Officer at the Force
Headquarters, Abuja, Immanuel Chuckwu, said he was not aware of the
order of mandamus compelling the IGP to probe the monarch, he said the
police would obey court orders.

Sources in Oyo Town Premium Times that the monarch pledged to support
President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election in order to stave off the
investigation. Mr. Jonathan was in town on Saturday where Mr. Adeyemi
promised to support the president.

Before Mr. Jonathan’s visit, the monarch toured the town canvassing
people to “come and welcome and honour the President the following day
without wearing any vest or wrist band of APC,” Adisa Abiola, a resident
at Akesan area, told Premium Times.

In reaction to the monarch’s suit, his Chief Press Secretary,
Fehintola Azeez, said that “It was only the publication of the ruling we
heard; we have not seen any action since.”
When he was informed that Mr. Adeyemi had sought leave to restrain
police boss from executing the ruling, he said, “there are deeper
issues, which… It’s only Alaafin, himself, that can comment on the
matter.”
Efforts to speak with the Alaafin proved abortive as his line was not going through.

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