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Court reverses demotion of 75 monarchs appointed by Amosun

There is a sigh of relief for 75 Obas who were coronated by the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun as the Ogun State High Court sitting on Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta reversed their demotion.

The court ordered that the affected monarchs, who were sacked by Abiodun, should be allowed to operate pending the determination of the suit against the state government’s action.

In a ruling delivered by Justice Abiodun Akinyemi on the interlocutory injunction filed by the 75 coronet Obas through their counsel, Olumide Oniyire, insisted that the status quo of the appointment of the traditional rulers be maintained.

Akinyemi explained that the relationship that existed between the claimants and the defendants prior to the termination of their appointments and promotions on February 6, 2020 should be maintained pending the determination of the suit before the court.

It would be recalled that the Amosun led government had on May 13, 2019 confirmed the appointment and upgrading of some community chiefs to coronet Obas.

The appointment was however reversed by Abiodun’s administration on February 6, 2020 on assumption of office.

This revocation of appointment prompted the 75 Obas to file a suit against the state government in court.

But the judge maintained that the hostility between the defendants and claimants began when the revocation letter was issued.

He ordered that the status quo should remain until the determination of the suit before the court.

Justice Akinyemi said, “The status quo therefore is in position of things as at 5th February before the legal notice of prosecution; also pending the determination of the suit.”

The matter was adjourned till July 7 for the defendant to file its written addresses and motion on notice.

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