After 21-years on throne, Supreme Court removes Eleruwa

In what appears like a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday sacked a prominent monarch in Oyo state, Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adebayo Adegbola after 21-years on throne.

In a uaninamous judgment, the apex court upheld the judgement of the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan and dismissed the appeal filed by the monarch 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 judgment, affirmed that the process that brought the Monarch to the throne were irregular, declaring them null and void.

The Judge consequently ordered Adegbola to vacate the seat.

Dissatisfied with the judgment of the High Court, the Monarch approached the Ibadan division of the Court of Appeal, 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 more than 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 way he got to the throne.

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