The Oyo State Government has officially warned a self-acclaimed Baale of Ejioku, Prince Bashiru Adesina, to desist from parading himself in such capacity, having failed to secure the approval of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in disobedience to the provisions of Chiefs Law of Oyo State, 2000, CAP. 28.
A statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, yesterday, conveyed the government’s displeasure at the development, which, he said, contravened laid down rules guiding the appointment of recognized chiefs. Kolade said that Although Section 20 (1, 2 and 3) regulates such appointment, Section 20 (1) specifically reads, “Subject to the provisions of this section, the governor (of the state) may approve or set aside an appointment of a recognized chief,” the class under which the Baale of Ejioku falls.
Kolade added that the government would not hesitate to wield the big stick against Adesina should the concerned chief remain adamant. According to Kolade, The decision of Bashiru Adesina to parade himself as the Baale of Ejioku will only bring disrepute to the Ibadan chieftaincy institution and as such sanctions may be imposed on him in order to protect the sanctity of the revered traditional institution of Ibadanland.