Obaship tussle: Odo-Ora Ekiti youths protest, demand justice

Oba Adeyemo

From Ajani Adeoba, Ado-Ekiti

The crisis rocking the installation of Obalemo of Odo Ora-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government, Oba Akin Adeyemo took a new dimension as the youths of the ancient community took the save our soul protest to the street of Ado-Ekiti on Thursday.

The youths numbering about fifty displayed various placards begging the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi to help them get justice over the protracted Court case instituted to dethrone the current monarch over alleged forgery and irregularities surrounding his installation.

Protesters

The aggrieved youths claimed that several attemps had been made to express their grievances but all efforts to do so proved abortive.

Some of the placards they carried reads thus; “We want peace in our country home – Odo Ora-Ekiti, “The rule of Law must prevail, “Governor Fayemi please save us from injustice, “Odo Ora-Ekiti deserves peace, “Judges should not prevent us from getting justice and so on. 

Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, one of the leaders of the aggrieved youths, Comrade Sesan Ojo said all what they want is justice on the Odo Ora Obaship matter.

According to Adelusi; “we heard it from a reliable source that the judiciary may be bought-over in order to pervert justice on Odo Ora monarch crisis.

“We are appealing to Governor Kayode Fayemi to ensure that justice prevail. We have been making frantic efforts to see the governor in order to express our displeasure but to our own dismay, we were been prevented from doing so,” Adelusi lamented.

Another protester, Mrs Tayo Ajayi disclosed that they have no confidence in the matter the way it was going because of so many challenges facing the community.

She said; “Our purpose of stagging this protest is to express our feelings as a community and to also applealed to the present government to come to our aides. We trust and believe in the Fayemi led-administration that he stands by the truth. We want justice and nothing more,” she appealed.

Chief Samuel Fayigbe and His Royal Majesty, Oba Akin Adeyemo were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti recently for alleged stealing the community right.

The Monarch is currently facing four count charge ranging from conspiracy, stealing, forgery and fraudulently conversion of the sum of two million, four hundred and fifty three thousand naira belonging to minor Chiefs of Odo-Ora Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Investigation revealed that Oba Adeyemo alongside Chief Fayigbe were docked for forging the signatures of other Chiefs on the Odo Ora-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local council Chieftaincy payment vouchers.

It was gathered that Chief Magistrage Adesoji Adegboye has earlier granted the bail of Chief Samuel Fayigbe on condition of two hundred thousand with two sureties and two hundred and fifty thousand naira each while His Royal Majesty, Oba Akin Adeyemo was granted bail on self recognition.