Removal from Office: Baale Files N2m suit Against Olubadan
The deposed Baale of Olode town in Oluyole local government area of Ibadan, Oyo state, Chief Lukman Ilufemiloye Alao, has filed a N2m suit against the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji (Aje Ogungunniso 1) to challenge his removal from office and to ask for his reinstatement.
Also joined as co-defendants in the suit is the Olubadan-in-Council, Oluyole Local Government and the new Baale of Olode, Chief Dauda Odeyemi.
In a Motion on Notice filed on his behalf by his counsel, Mr. Saani Oyedele, Alao is asking for his reinstatement and 2 million naira general damages as the cost of the pain, embarrassment and degradation he said he suffered from what he called his unlawful deposition by the Olubadan.
Chief Alao in his averment claimed that he was removed from office on Monday, the 9th of January, 2017, and a new Baale appointed and sworn-in immediately by the traditional rulers, adding that the meeting held on January 9, 2017, was not properly constituted and consequently breached all principle of fair hearing.
According to him, he was not given any notice of any petition written against him, and that no petition against him was heard by the Olubadan-in-Council before the decision to install the new Baale was taken.
Alao who in his statement of claim said he was installed the Baale on December 3, 2007, pointed out that the chieftaincy stool had been rotated for time in memorial between the families of Odegbero and Aborisade, adding that the father of the new Baale, the late Chief Olayiwola Odeyemi Ejo, who was his immediate predecessor, was removed in 2007 because he not from either of the chieftaincy families, adding that Odeyemi is from a small village called Ejo, about 10kms away from Olode town.
He consequently prayed the court to declare the January 7, 2017, meeting as null and void as he was not given the opportunity to defend himself on any allegation made against him, adding that the newly installed Baale of Olode was not qualified to occupy the position as he was not a member of the Olode chieftaincy family.
He asked the court to give an order declaring that his purported deposition was unlawful, null and void and an order that the stool of Olode was not vacant and he still remains the Baale of Olode. He also prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Odeyemi from parading himself as the Baale of Olode.
No date has been fixed for the hearing.