It appears the existing feud between two traditional monarchs in Iwo Land of Osun State that has led to an order by a Magistrate Court for the arrest of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, (Telu One) is taking a new dimension.
This is because the Oba Akanbi is threatening
to issue what he termed “Traditional warrant
of arrest” on magistrate Olusola Aluko of the
Osogbo magistrate court who issued his
Magistrate Aluko had in the previous week,
issued a warrant that would effect a force
arrest of the monarch if he failed to appear
before it to answer allegations against him by
another monarch in the state, one of which
was his involvement in fraudulent activities,
which he called ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.
Supremacy Over Court Order Though, Magistrate Aluko made good his threat on Tuesday when he finally ordered security agents to produce Oba Akanbi in court by force to answer to the criminal charges against him.
But Oba Akanbi told reporters in Osogbo that
he would issue a “traditional warrant arrest”
against the Magistrate, claiming supremacy
over the court order.
The monarch, who denied the knowledge of
the bench warrant of arrest against him, said
he came to hear of it on the pages of newspapers.
The Iwo monarch also said he cautioned
anyone against attempt to denigrate traditional institution, saying “as a king I too have traditional warrant of arrest I can invoke
against the Magistrate.”
The Oluwo-Oke of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Oba
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.
The Oluwo described the court order as an
insult against his throne, saying it was obvious that the judge was out to intimidate and harass him for “reasons best known to him and his sponsors.”
Envious Of My Selfless Service The Oluwo, who insisted that he had no case to answer before the Magistrate Court, however said he had great respect for the judiciary and the law, adding that he would be ready to answer any serious charge preferred against him in any law court.
Claiming that the court had no jurisdiction
over the case, Oba Akanbi accused
Magistrate Aluko of “dancing to a tune
dictated by a piper”.
He said: “Because somebody or some people
somewhere do not like my guts they are making use of an available tool to do their bidding. But I don’t care and I want them to
know I can not be intimidated and harassed
by anybody. I got so many jobs to do for my
people and I would not tolerate any distraction.
“They are certainly envious of my selfless
service to the people of Iwo and its environs
but that is their headache, not mine. They
are desperate, using the idle hands and those
without integrity to carry out their diabolical
plans. Allah is the greatest and all of us are
“I don’t have any skeleton in my cupboard
the detractors just want to drag the name of
the Oluwo of Iwoland in the mud. I don’t
even involve myself in land matters or sale of
lands. I don’t even have a private house
other than the palace. My utmost priority is
the wellbeing of my people.
“I have spent my personal money to
rehabilitate disused courts in Iwoland. I toil
day and night for progress of my town. The magistrate and the Oba in question are being paid and sponsored by detractors and this is the price I’m paying for success and great
Oba Akanbi tasked traditional rulers not to sit
back and see the insult on Oluwo as his only
predicament but to speak up against it
because of its implication on the traditional
He thanked the administrations of President
Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rauf
Aregbesola for providing an environment of
peace and justice, adding that if not for good
government at both state and federal level,
bad elements within the judiciary would have
continued to flourish.