By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
For removing one of his chiefs, the Yeyerise of Ilesa, Chief Modupe Obiwole, who allegedly flouted his order by representing him at public functions without his consent, the paramount ruler of Ijesaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adekunke Aromolaran was on Thursday, 18th December, 2014 dragged before an Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa.
Adorned in white agbada, with a white cap, the monarch was accompanied to the courtroom by a retinue of chiefs including other female chiefs.
The monarch is the Defence Witness 6 in the case instituted by Obiwole who is challenging her alleged unlawful removal as the chief by the monarch.
The presiding judge, Justice W. O Akanbi, accorded respect to the accused monarch by providing a seat for him outside the dock and allowed Oba Aromolaran to sit comfortably throughout the duration of his cross examination by the plaintiff’s counsel, Chief Boye Williams.
The monarch was led in evidence by his counsel, Mr. Jola Akintola, and he adopted his written statements on oath dated 25th March and 1st July, 2014 as his evidence in chief before the court.
The cross examination lasted over two hours and the monarch was obviously irked by some of the questions but the presiding judge had ensured that the development did not degenerate into argument between the monarch and the plaintiff’s counsel.
The female chief was accused of constantly flouting the Owa’s order and representing the monarch at public functions without his consent.
Oba Aromolaran had suspended Chief Obiwole for three months before removing her from office.
During cross examination, Oba Aromolaran agreed with the plaintiff’s counsel that Yeyerise chieftaincy title had been recognised since the time of the Western Region but he added that the title had also been derecognised.
Asked if the monarch had the power to try criminal offences which the Yeyerise was accused of, the monarch answered in the negative saying he could not do that since he did not have personal police force to investigate.
The case was adjourned till 10th March, 2015 for adoption of written addresses.