Court Ends 21-Year Reign Of Eleruwa Of Eruwa

A prominent Monarch in Oyo state, Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adebayo Adegbola Was On Friday Sacked By The supreme Court.

In a unanimous judgement, the apex court affirmed the decision of the Ibadan division of the Court of Appeal and dismissed the appeal for lacking in merit.
The current Eleruwa, Oba Samuel Adebayo Adegbola, was installed in 1998. He was however dethroned by an Oyo State High Court on January 26, 2011.
Justice Ladipo Abimbola in his judgement, affirmed that the process that brought the Monarch to the throne were irregular, declaring them null and void.
As a result, the Judge ordered Adegbola to vacate the seat.
Not satisfied with the High Court’s judgement, the Monarch approached the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, to quash the verdict but was unsuccessful in his bid. Dissatisfied with the judgement, the monarch filed an appeal, which was dismissed on Monday.

 

While presenting his lead judgement, which lasted over 50 minutes, Justice M.B. Dongba-Mensan said after examination of all the issues raised by the appellant, the court  was satisfied with the processes and pronouncement of the lower court on the matter brought before them. He commended counsels to the parties in the petition for their industry.

The appeal, filed by Mr. Adegbola and six others against James Idowu and four others, was sequel to the judgment of Justice Abimbola, which he faulted the manner with which he ascended the throne.

Mr. Adegbola emerged the Eleruwa in 1998, following the death of his predecessor, Bolanle Olaniyan, in 1994. In dethroning Mr. Adegbola, the High Court ruled that his selection, nomination and approval by the state government were irregular, null and void.