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Osun Magistrate Steps Aside From Internet Fraud Case Against Iwo Monarch 

By Ekene Agbor, Osogbo

Magistrate Olusola Aluko on Friday announced his stepping aside of the case of crime and internet fraud instituted against the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi by another monarch in the state, Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye.

At the resumed hearing of the case yesterday at the Osogbo Magistrate Court, Magistrate Aluko said he was withdrawing his handling of the controversial suit following allegations of bias against him by Oba Akanbi.  
Besides, Oba Akanbi who had shunned the court’s order for his arrest was conspicously absent in the court room.
Magistrate Aluko had issued a bench warrant of arrest against Oluwo for failing to appear in court in person after several warnings. But the traditional swore not to appear in court but instead threatened to issue “a traditional warrant of arrest” against Aluko.
Even the order issued to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye to arrest, detain and produce Oba Akanbi in court refused to hold water as the Police boss shunned the order.
Aluko, apparently frustrated by the allegations of bias and refusal of Oba Akanbi to appear before him handed off the case saying that there was need to uphold the sanctity and integrity of the judiciary.
The judge therefore said that the case file would be returned to the Chief Registrar of the State High Court possibly to assign it for another judge to handle.
“Having looked at matters bordering on this case and alleged to be bias on this matter, I need not make any pronouncement on this matter. I have to adjourn this case, and submit the case file to the office of the state Chief Judge which will assign another Magistrate to handle this case,” Aluko pronounced.
Meanwhile, the plaintiff’s counsel, Mr Soji Oyetayo had approached the court with a letter of withdrawal of the matter informing the court of the resolve of his client to discontinue the case against Oba Akanbi.
According to Oyetayo, “Several eminent personalities within and outside the state have intervened in the matter and in the interest of peace, we decide to withdraw this case.”
“In view of this, we seek your authority to withdraw this application.” He concluded.
But the Magistrate refused to entertain the withdrawal attempt as he insisted that he was handing off the matter.
He, therefore, adjourned the case to February 15 , 2016

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