EXCLUSIVE: Iwo monarch fights back, threatens magistrate with “traditional warrant of arrest”

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A brewing crisis between the Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, and an Osun State Chief Magistrate, Olusola Aluko, took a dramatic turn as the monarch threatened to issue a “traditional warrant of arrest” on the judge for daring to denigrate the Oluwo stool with bench warrant which he issued on Tuesday.

The monarch who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday, said the warrant of arrest was a nullity because it was aimed at disrespecting his office as an Oba and was based on frivolous allegations.

He argued that he had not done anything wrong to warrant the treatment by the magistrate, saying the judge was paid to issue the order.

Mr. Aluko had on Tuesday ordered the monarch’s arrest for refusing to appear in person to face charges of fraud against him.

The court had on November 25 ordered the monarch to appear before it in a case filed by the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke, Kadiri Adeoye, alleging fraud against him.

At Tuesday’s sitting, while the applicant was in court, Mr. Akanbi was conspicuously absent, in defiance of the order of the court, although he sent another monarch, Ologburo of Ogburo, Asimiyu Sadiq, to represent him.

“On the order of the court made on November 25, 2016, the order remained. I hereby issue a bench warrant against the first respondent while further proceeding on the matter is adjourned to December 27, 2016,” the magistrate stated, after listening the counsels of both parties.

The Oluwo, however, noted that the warrant of arrest was “an insult and a disrespect” to the traditional stool.

“The magistrate is a disgrace to the judiciary. He should be probed by the authorities,” he said.

“The allegations on which he issued the warrant have not been investigated before issuing a warrant of arrest.

“I have also decided to issue a traditional warrant of arrest against him, so that he will know the powers of the Oba.”

He argued that in the suit filed, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Fimihan Adeoye, who is the second respondent, had not attended the court, but sent his representative, just as he had ensured his representative was always in court.

“If the commissioner of police can send a representative to the court to represent him, why should I not be represented,” he said.

The monarch alleged that the magistrate was corrupted to issue the warrant just to tarnish his name.

Mr. Adeoye had approached the Magistrate Court accusing Mr. Akanbi of concealing some facts about his past to the state government when he was installed as a first class monarch about a year ago.

In a 33-paragraph affidavit, he accused Mr. Akanbi of having used armed thugs to harass and attack persons whom he perceived as his enemies.

He further alleged that the Iwo monarch forged his name to obtain travel documents to the United States where he was allegedly jailed in New York City and deported to Nigeria in year 2000.

He added that Mr. Akanbi later travelled out with his real name to Canada in 2001 and became a Canadian citizen but was also arrested in Toronto and was in jail between 2006 and 2007.

“These facts were concealed for the state government which appointed and installed him as the Oluwo of Iwo,” the suit read.

He also accused him of presently making money through internet fraud and using his palace as a cover-up.

Mr. Akanbi reacted to these allegations in a 13 paragraph affidavit through the Aremo of Iwo land, Adelani Akanbi, describing the application as “scandalous, vexations and designed to embarrass, blackmail and ridicule the monarch in the view of right thinking members of the society.”

The embattled monarch also told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that all the allegations made against him were as “worthless as a tissue paper.”

“The magistrate was paid to smear my name after they have failed to rope me in a murder case,” he said.

“Go and find out, Aluko is the single magistrate that is often used for dirty jobs, he should be investigated.

“They are using the Oluwo of Iwo-Oke to do this job, a monarch that is under me, who cannot even read or write. I have 32 monarchs under me, and most of them are supporting me.”

PREMIUM TIMES contacted the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeoye, on the bench warrant, but he would not give details.

When pressed about it, he said he would contact his legal department to find out if the arrest warrant had been received.

Further calls to get the details failed to yield any results.


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  • thusspokez

    …as the monarch threatened to issue a “traditional warrant of arrest” on the judge

    Nigeria is a REPUBLIC — meaning, it does not recognise any effing monarch. I challenge the føøl to carry out his threat and let’s see if he is not charged for illegal arrest and kidnapping.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      LOL. good comment. Tho lets be honest that the Emir of Kano, sultan of Sokoto, Sarkin Fulani, and some more Norther traditional rulers are more recognised and above the law courts of Nigeria. souther Traditional rulers are not powerful in Nigeria but only in their kingdoms.

      • thusspokez

        Nothing last forever, these emirs and sultans better enjoy while its lasted. Someday they and their institutions will become casualties.

      • Mufu Ola

        All those rulers you mentioned are only powerful in their kingdoms.We must stop attributing superior airs to some people.That’s part of the problem we’re having with some of these people who because they’ve been portrayed as supernaturals by Southerners are behaving haughtily sometimes.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Bro i am an insider in govt and i will tell you the truth. Those men i mentioned re power. Now let me bring something to your notice. when its time to appoint service chiefs and certain other Top Govt positions the Sultan of sokoto and emir of kano are the people every officer wanting the job needs to meet. once you have their support you are surely getting that Job. then when Efcc started the weapons money probe they came out to say their investigation touches the Emir of Kano lamido sanusi but they are in a dilemma on what to do., how to question him without outraging the Nigerian Muslims so they had to abandon his own side of involvement. You think am saying this because i am tribal? am far from that. I speak outta personal experience and being present when many of these things happen.

          • OGK

            Your assertion is all based on myths woven around these people. Abacha demystified them when he dethroned the late Dasuki, the then Sultan of Sokoto.
            The fact of the matter is that these so-called traditional rulers know that modernisation has greatly whittled down their powers, hence, they are now cautious of their actions.
            Come to think of it, a traditional ruler with a shady past has opened himself to ridicule and opprobrium. These guys always forgot about their future when committing attrocities abroad. He should face the real issues instead of castigating- the magistrate who was doing his job.

          • Odogwu_Aganaga

            the real issue oga is that going by the story as printed here, it seems the police is [are?] up to a very shoddy start in the case. the police has the right and authority to arrest a person accused of crime and have him/her in their custody as and when they go to court to commence prosecution–deliver the accused to the court, and it’s up to the court to grant or deny bail. the so-called bench warrant seems to lack warrant because the magistrate-judge should have waited for the police to finish their own part by having the accused inter vivum in the court to commence the case. something is spooky about this case as reported; without prejudice to criminal track record of the “good nigerian” king under reference. nigeria is a joke; nigerians are shameless

      • Lakeside

        A while ago, one of the cousins of SLS –Emir of Kano took him to court, have you forgotten? Eventually he was advised to withdraw the case. No one should be above the law. What values do they add to the government? Emir my foot.

    • Frank Bassey

      I thought you were a little bit intelligent, but now I know that even Buhari as academically challenged as he is, should be smarter than you. From your comments it is clear that you do not understand the meaning of the term “traditional warrant of arrest”. I pity you! By the way how old are you? I hope you are not one of these internet babies who have flooded comment sections and made retirees like us to stop engaging on this forum? Please ask your Papa what the King meant and stop fpooling yourself.

      • thusspokez

        I thought you were a little bit intelligent…

        Your thought! What has your thought got to do with my thought? Who cares about yours, I don’t!

        I hope you are not one of these internet babies who have flooded comment sections and made retirees like us to stop engaging on this forum?

        You have produced not a single counter argument to my argument — knock knock, anything up there? Further, have you considered that the Internet forum — a debating forum, dare I refresh your memory — might be no place for people like you? Believe me, you wouldn’t want to swap the comfort of your rocking chair with Internet forums.

  • OGK

    I grew up to hear of the late Oluwo as one of the revered Obas in Yorubaland. Serious issues had been raised against this new king. If indeed he concealed his past or the kingmakers looked the other way during the process of picking, that would be too bad. The monarch should do the needful by coming clean and addressing the issue at hand. Aside from being law-abiding and respecting the bench warrant, he should clear the air on his two convictions abroad. Iwo is too prominent in Odin State to afford a jail bird sitting on its throne. It is against our Omoluabi norm in Yorubaland. We are unlike the other tribe who ran a carnival to celebrate a big-time ex-convict

  • GusO

    Let’s discuss this crookish monarch who has defied a magistrate’s ruling. He is not above the law, according to the constitution. He has been serially imprisoned in the US and Canada, even forging documents. He shouldn’t be a monarch, except that such things can only happen in Nigeria. He has no traditional warrant to arrest a judge of the Republic. Next thing he would do is employ ignorant citizens to cause a riot. The police should prevent him from doing that and enforce a warrant for his arrest.

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    For one thing I’m certain of, this Iwo King used to be a runs guy, the little money he made and property he has were all products of frauds, scams and 419.
    Ask very successful Nigerians in dispora if they’d like to return home to be an Oba, or Politician… Iwo make a mistake of choosing this dude as their king.
    For us in diaspora, we all knew about his past, Iwo choose a nonentity as their king, an ex-convict, and he’s not alone, they are all there in Government, Senate – they lived here before

    • Tunsj

      Osun State Government can easily get his criminal records in US and Canada.

      • MammanJiyaVatsa

        What’s taking them time to do it then ?
        Criminal background check in Nigeria should be an issue of seriousness with our system-period !

        • Odogwu_Aganaga

          because nigeria is a place where truth/integrity is an embarrassment to everyone. btw, are you the vatsa–the writer–in whose home we had lunch in abuja in 1984???

          • MammanJiyaVatsa

            Thank you for your submissions.
            The Gen. was an uncle… the rest is history !

  • Whaziu

    ….wondering why all these warped allegations did not come up before he was installed Oluwo ?
    Now we have a non-thinking under educated corrupt Judge trying to create confusion.
    Thank you Kabiyesi for standing your ground,I will implore you to dethrone the Chief of Oke-Iwo asap because he is an enemy of progress.

  • princegab

    Monarchy in demo crazy

    • MammanJiyaVatsa

      Demonstration of craze, crazy demonstration.

      Ala – Baba-anikulapo Kuti.

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    Demonstration of craze, crazy demonstration.

    Ala – Baba-anikulapo Kuti.

  • BABUYANMA

    Can anyone tell me the usefulness of the Obas, Emirs and Obis?

    • Lakeside

      I think that they have outlived their usefulness. They are anachronistic and waste of space. This man from Iwo in particular is bringing disgrace to the people of Oshun State and obaship. An oba should be a role model. Is this man a role model? Capital NO.

    • Ade

      I think their usefulness lies in the fact they serve as stabilizing force of unity and social cohesion of the society, just like the British monarch often ensure that the value and traditions of the British society is not desecrated. If the relevance of our traditional chiefs are well harnessed, it could be a source of huge tourist income to the country.

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  • Andrew Akinloye

    The traditional rulers have been leaving in fantasyland for too long, deluding themselves of being a paramount ruler, his royal majesty and so on. Before they add to the problems of this nation particularly with their silly rivalry, they should be made to understand that they are not above the chairman of the local council and therefore subject to the laws of Nigeria

    • Noble

      Thank you for telling unsentimental truth. He who has ears hears.

      • Andrew Akinloye

        Thank you for accepting the truth of my write-up even though you qualified it as unsentimental

  • ojays

    Its a case that needed to be investigated and no need for bench warrant since he was represented in the court. Institute of obaship is part of our culture and cannot be wished away. The offences if proofed I don’t think it’s worth all these hullabaloo.
    Mark you I am not saying he did right if he actually committed the offences.