The Supreme Court of Nigeria has removed the Olupoti of Ipoti-Ekiti, Oba Isaiah Oladele Ayeni.
The monarch, who was crowned in 1987, has spent 24 years on the throne.
The Supreme Court judgment nullified the March 22, 1996, ruling of the Appeal Court on the issue.
It upheld a January 15, 1993, court judgment, which invalidated the monarch’s assumption of the throne.
Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen, who led four others, ruled that Ayeni should no longer parade himself as the Olupoti.
Justice Onnoghen said: “The judgment of the lower court delivered on March 22, 1996, setting aside the position of the trial court is hereby set aside. The judgment of the trial court delivered on January 15, 1993, is hereby restored and affirmed”.
The Supreme Court awarded N50,000 costs against each of the respondents. They are the Governor; the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Secretary, Ijero Local Government; Mr. Elijah Oladele; Chief Inurin Abisoye; and Chief Arowolo Eisikin.
The suit was originally filed by Prince Joseph Ogunsola of the Idasa Ruling House and later sustained by Chief Ayoola Adeosun.
Source : The Nation