By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—A 57-year-old man, Sunday Adetolaju, who allegedly was parading himself as Obaru Adimula of Irorin Quarters in Ilawe, was yesterday arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court by the Police for illegally installing himself a monarch.
Also docked alongside Adetolaju are four persons he illegally installed as chiefs: Rufus Ayo Olaniyi (52), Lucas Adubu (50), Rufus Asubiaro (58) and Florence Ojuko (50).
The accused persons, according to the charge sheet, committed offences contrary to Sections 12 and 15 of the Chiefs Law Cap C5 Vol 1 Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
At the court’s sitting yesterday, a witness who came to testify for Adetolaju, Francis Ajayi Olowoyeye, recanted his deposition on his statement on oath while under cross examination.
Ademolaju, who was also accused of illegally parading himself as a king by wearing crown and royal regalia, was also slammed with the charges of installing chiefs without being a prescribed authority and without the consent and permission of the prescribed authority, the Alawe of Ilawe, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi.
Prosecution counsel was Mr. Femi Falade while the defence counsel was Mr. Taiwo Ogunmoroti. Chief Bunmi Olugbade held watching brief for nominal complainant (the Alawe).
Under cross-examination from Falade, the witness, Olowoyeye when confronted with his sworn affidavit told the court that he resides at Corpus Christi College area, Adin Quarters, Ilawe.
His latest testimony was contrary to what he told the court on the last day of sitting, August 7 that he resides at Number 2, Ijewi street, Irorin Quarters, Ilawe.