by Temitope Onitiju
On Monday, December 15, a Federal High Court sitting in Oyo state instructed the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to investigate Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo.
Justice Ayo Emmanuel granted an order of mandamus compelling the Inspector-General of Police, to investigate alleged criminal activities levelled against the monarch.
In his ruling, Emmanual said he was granting the prayers of the applicants since the respondents did not challenge the contents of a 17-paragraph affidavit filed by the applicants in support of their motion.
The applicants, Jacob Oluokun and Sulaimon Ishola, had prayed the court to compel the IGP to investigate the Alaafin in a petition submitted to the IGP dated March 18, 2014 and delivered to the IG on April 17, 2014.
The suit was registered on July 7, 2014, while the court sat on the matter on October 6, November 29, December 4 and entered its ruling on December 15, 2014.
Justice Emmanuel ruled, saying: “Pursuant to order 34 rules 3(4) of the Federal High Court rules and under the inherent jurisdiction of this honourable court, the prayers are hereby granted.”
The Chief Press Secretary to Alaafin of Oyo, Azeez Fehintola, reacted to the ruling, saying it was strange to the monarch as he had no knowledge of the suit.