COURT STOPS CORONATION OF NEW IJEBU-JESA MONARCH
An Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has ordered the Osun State Government and all the parties involved in the selection of the new Elegboro of Ijebu Jesa to maintain status ante on the planned coronation of Prince Femi Agunsoye as the new monarch of the town.
The presiding judge, Justice Adekola Adegoke, on Wednesday renewed the order which he had earlier given on October 12 that all parties involved in the case should maintain the status quo ante pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit before the court.
Counsel representing the applicants (kingmakers) in the case, Mr. Biola Ladapo, told the court that despite the order of the court that status quo be maintained, Agunsoye went ahead to print invitation cards for his coronation and went to The African Church in Ijebu Jesa on Sunday where he dressed like an Oba and paraded himself as the monarch of the town.
Describing the action of Agunsoye as a contempt of court, the applicants’ counsel said the interest of his clients would be negatively affected if the action was overlooked by the court and that this might cause a breakdown of law and order in the town.
He said, “ This court gave an order on October 12, 2017 that status quo ante be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice. Despite the order of this honourable court that both parties maintain the status quo, the defendant has gone ahead to print coronation invitation cards slated for November 4, 2017 and our interest will be affected if he goes ahead to do it.
“I humbly submit that this is a contempt of court. He also went to the African Church in Ijebu Jesa on Sunday and paraded himself as the Elegboro of Ijebu Jesa despite the order of this court. This is a total disregard and disobedience to the order of this honourable court.”
The state counsel representing the Osun State Government, Olayinka Gabriel, told the court that the state government had been served with the court order.
Counsel for the defendant, Mr. Toyese Owoade, in his response said he was not aware of the alleged disobedience to the order of the court but said his client was a law-abiding citizen who would not violate any order of the court.
He told that court that the undated picture being used as evidence by the applicants could not be relied upon. He also argued that the invitation cards might have been printed before the court gave the order on October 12, saying this was not a contempt proceeding.
– Copyright PUNCH