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  • Updated: February 21, 2024

Iree monarch crisis: Petitioner urges police to halt monarch installation process

Iree monarch crisis: Petitioner urges police to halt monarch

The petition, addressed to the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies, raises concerns over attempts to install a new monarch in Iree, despite ongoing legal proceedings and the existing custodianship of Ọba Raphael Oluponle.

It highlights that the instrument of Oluponle's appointment remains valid, as no court of law has voided its issuance by the government.

The monarch accuses the Osun State Government and Boripe Local Council Development Authority (LCDA) of directing the Kingmakers in Iree Community to choose a new Aare of Iree despite an ongoing case before the Osun State High Court.

The Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has reportedly approved the selection of the new Aare and instructed the Kingmakers to proceed with the selection, prompting the petition.

Citing legal provisions, including the Chiefs Law of Osun State and sections of the Criminal Code Act, the petition emphasizes that challenging the authority of a custodian of the instrument of appointment is considered criminal and punishable by law.

It urged law enforcement agencies to prevent anarchy and maintain order in the town.

The petition underscored the importance of upholding the rule of law and calls upon the police to ensure compliance with legal processes.

It emphasized the commitment to peaceful and lawful actions while urging authorities to safeguard the laws and restore order in the area.

Meanwhile, the ruling houses in Iree had objected to the fresh process, describing it as contempt of court and a violation of the government white paper. They highlighted the ongoing JUSUN strike, which prevents the withdrawal of the case in court, and insisted that no process could commence without resolving the legal matter.

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