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CHIEF MATTHEW KAYODE AKINYEMI v. CHIEF SALIU LAWAL

(2013) JELR 35335 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/EK/27/M/2013  •  5 Dec 2013  •  Nigeria

Coram
PAUL ADAMU GALINJE JCA; MASSOUD ABDULRAHMAN OREDOLA JCA; FATIMA OMORO AKINBAMI JCA;

Judgement

FATIMA OMORO AKINBAMI, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal emanated from a chieftaincy dispute between the Plaintiff Chief Mathew Kayode Akinyemi, the Obaji-Oke of Ise-Ekiti and the Respondent Chief Saliu Lawal the Obaji-Odo of Ise-Ekiti. The dispute is over usurpation of Plaintiff's position function in Ise-Ekiti of Ekiti State by the Respondent.

The dispute started long ago around 1971 when the Respondent was installed as the Obaji-Odo in Ise-Ekiti. The Appellant alleged that the Respondent Obaji-Odo is trying as much as he could to usurp the position and customary functions of the Obaji-Oke. That the Respondent now arrogates to himself the chairmanship of Ihare and Iwarafa Chiefs as well as the kingmakers to himself contrary to native law and customs of Ise-Ekiti.

The Appellant in his Statement of Claim gave a long history of how his forefathers, Obaji-Oke migrated from Ile-Ife to Benin, later to Okeluse and finally settled at Ise- Ekiti.

That Appellant is the hea…

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