After many years of legal tussle, the Supreme Court of Nigeria today laid to rest the litigation battle that has enmeshed the crowning of a new King in the ancient town of Ijebu Igbo.
The Supreme Court upholds the judgement of the Appeal Court where it ruled that the King makers in consonance with the Chieftaincy Declaration ordered to consider only the Male lines in the new process towards the enthronement of the new King.
The seat of Orimolusi had become vacant since May 28, 1994 when Oba Oba Sami Adetayo, the Ikupakude IV, joined his ancestors. The battle to crown a new Oba shifted from traditional to legal institution, a contention that began from Ijebu Igbo high Court and today settled at the Supreme Court, after many verbal and spiritual appeals.
It was gathered that, abinitio the Elders and some other Peace-deal committees have, in their compelling capacities, sometimes ago approached Prince Kassim, admonishing and appealing to withdraw the file from Supreme Court. It was reliably gathered that, Prince Wale Kassim, in spite of all appeals, remains so curious to ascertain the modality prepared by the community for out-of-court settlement, a determinant factor he believes could convince him to concede the withdrawal appeal, but to no avail hence going forward, the Supreme Court served the judgement today paving a way for a new contest among the princes in the male lineage of the Ojuromi family.