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Battle for Olubadan seat: Court orders service of renewed summon on Oba Saliu

Justice Moshood Abass of Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, on Wednesday ordered that the renewed writ of summons and other documents in the suit filed by the Seriki Chiefs, be served on counsel to Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, the Olubadan of Ibadanland.

The Seriki Chiefs that include Adebayo Oyediji, Olalekan Fakunle, Rashidi Abinupagun and Gabriel Kofoworola, had in the suit dragged Governor Abiola Ajimobi, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Oba Adetunji, to court, over the installation of the monarch, following the death of Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1.

At the last hearing of the case, the judge had drawn the attention of counsel to the Seriki Chiefs, Mr. Abideen Adediran, to the error in serving the writ of summons which was filed in May, 2016 on the Secretary to the Olubadan-In-Council, without the order of the court.

Adediran had urged the court to fix a date for the hearing of the case, stating that since the suit was filed, Oba Adetunji has failed to appear in court or be represented by any counsel.

During the resumed hearing of the case, Adediran was to move a motion to serve Oba Adetunji through substituted service by pasting the writ of summons on the wall of the Olubadan Traditional Council in Ibadan South East local government Secretariat, Mapo, Ibadan.

However, before he was to move the motion, a counsel, Mr. Adewale Ajewole, announced his appearance for Oba Adetunji, stating that he was briefed on the case on Tuesday.

Adediran then drew the attention of the court on the need to serve Oba Adetunji, who is the third defendant in the case, new writ of summons, noting that the law states that a motion can only be subsistence for six months.

The judge, however, ordered that the writ of summons be served in court on the counsel to the Olubadan, maintaining that with his appearance in court, he was fully in the case and that there was no need for substituted service.

Justice Abass who then adjourned the case to April 10, berated the attitude of counsel representing government and its officials, for coming to court when they liked.

The judge who was apparently reacting to the non-appearance in court of counsel to Ajimobi and the state Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Salau Adegboyega, warned that he will not hesitate to report such attitude of state counsel to the appropriate quarters.

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