Iwo Monarch Issues Counter Warrant on Magistrate

Controversial Monarch, Oluwo of Iwoland  Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has issued a counter warrant on an Osun State Chief Magistrate, Olusola Aluko, who earlier issued  a warrant of arrest on him.


The monarch who has been making dramatic news stances was reported by an online news medium Premium Times on Friday as haven said that the warrant of arrest issued on him by Magistrate Olusola Aluko was a nullity because it was aimed at disrespecting his office as an Oba and was based on frivolous allegations therefore issued a traditional warrant of arrest on the Magistrate.

He argued that he had not done anything wrong to warrant the treatment by the magistrate, saying the judge was paid to issue the order.

Oluwo said he issue a “traditional warrant of arrest” on the judge for daring to denigrate the Oluwo stool with bench warrant which he issued on Tuesday.

Magistrate Aluko had on Tuesday ordered the monarch’s arrest for refusing to appear in person to face charges of fraud leveled against him.

Earlier on November 25 the Court had ordered the monarch to appear before it in a case filed by the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Kadiri Adeoye, alleging fraud against him.

At Tuesday’s sitting, while the applicant was in court, Oba. Akanbi was conspicuously absent, in defiance of the order of the court, although he sent another monarch, Ologburo of Ogburo, Asimiyu Sadiq, to represent him.

“On the order of the court made on November 25, 2016, the order remained. I hereby issue a bench warrant against the first respondent while further proceeding on the matter is adjourned to December 27, 2016,” the magistrate stated, after listening the counsels of both parties.

The Oluwo, however, noted that the warrant of arrest was “an insult and a disrespect” to the traditional stool.

“The magistrate is a disgrace to the judiciary. He should be probed by the authorities,” he said.

“The allegations on which he issued the warrant have not been investigated before issuing a warrant of arrest.

“I have also decided to issue a traditional warrant of arrest against him, so that he will know the powers of the Oba.”

He argued that in the suit filed, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye, who is the second respondent, had not attended the court, but sent his representative, just as he had ensured his representative was always in court.

“If the commissioner of police can send a representative to the court to represent him, why should I not be represented,” he said.

The monarch alleged that the magistrate was corrupted to issue the warrant just to tarnish his name.

Mr. Adeoye had approached the Magistrate Court accusing Oba Akanbi of concealing some facts about his past to the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.

In a 33-paragraph affidavit, he accused Oba Akanbi of having used armed thugs to harass and attack persons whom he perceived as his enemies.

He further alleged that the Iwo monarch forged his name to obtain travel documents to the United States where he was allegedly jailed in New York City and deported to Nigeria in year 2000.

He added that Oba Akanbi later travelled out with his real name to Canada in 2001 and became a Canadian citizen but was also arrested in Toronto and was in jail between 2006 and 2007.

“These facts were concealed for the state government which appointed and installed him as the Oluwo of Iwo,” the suit read.
He also accused him of presently making money through internet fraud and using his palace as a cover-up.

Oba Akanbi reacted to these allegations in a 13 paragraph affidavit through the Aremo of Iwo land, Adelani Akanbi, describing the application as “scandalous, vexatious and designed to embarrass, blackmail and ridicule the monarch in the view of right thinking members of the society.”

Ever since his ascension to the throne, Oba Akanbi has been involved in one tussle or the other even as unconfirmed insider report reveal that the state governor Ogbeni Aregbesola seems to regret his choice of the monarch for Iwo people.

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