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Deposed Deji’s Appearance Causes Stir In Akure

Posted: Nov 11, 2015 at 8:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

THE appearance of the deposed Deji of Akure, Prince Adesina Adepoju, on Tuesday, caused stir in Akure, the Ondo State capital, as he appeared publicly in the town after five years of banishment.

Adepoju’s appearance which caused some anxiety within the residents of the town was followed by his appearance before the High Court sitting at the capital city of the state, over a case instituted against the installation of the Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo as the Deji of Akure.

Adepoju, who was deposed and banished by the state government for desecrating the Deji stool, was received amid encomiums by his kinsmen, especially members of the Osupa ruling house, where he hails from.

The deposed monarch had instituted a case before the court, claiming he was wrongly deposed by the state government and subsequently challenged the installation of Oba Aladetoyinbo as the Deji of Akure.

Adepoju, who was seeking an order from the court to declare him as the Deji of Akure was dethroned on June 10, 2010, for allegedly assaulting one of his wives, the late Mrs Bolanle Adepoju in the public and was banished to Owo within the state before he left the country for the United States of America.

However, his removal paved way for the installation of late Oba Adebiyi Adesida in 2010, as the 46th Deji of Akure and his daughter was installed the Regent of the city after his death.

Counsel for the deposed monarch, Mr Olalekan Ojo, argued that the deposed monarch had the right to the throne and wondered why a new monarch was installed.

The chief judge of the state, Justice Olaseinde Kumuyi, who presided over the case, however, adjourned further hearing on the matter till December 8.

However, there was apprehension in Akure over the rumour of the arrest of the deposed monarch, who was said to be quizzed by detectives from the state police command, Akure, after leaving the court.

Adepoju, who left the court in a convoy, danced from the court to his family compound, located on Odo Ijoka Street, where he addressed his loyalists, who were mainly members of his family, assuring that he would return to the throne soon.

All attempts to speak with the deposed Deji of Akure was not successful, as some policemen who invaded the area whisked him away from the family compound.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, denied the arrest of the deposed monarch, saying “the man has not committed any offence to warrant his arrest by the police.”

He said the presence of police officers on the street, especially around the residence of the deposed monarch was to ensure security of lives and property, adding that “the police have the right to prevent hoodlums from hijacking the situation to perpetrate dastardly act.”