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BREAKING: Seek legal redress over Obaship tussle, Osun govt. tells ruling house

The Osun Government has advised royal families in towns where there are disputes on succession to the throne to seek redress in court.

The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr Kolapo Alimi, gave the advice when members of the Nyanbilolu ruling family house of Ekonsin in Odo-Otin Local Government paid him a courtesy visit on Friday in Osogbo.

He said that the adoption of legal solution to the chieftancy title dispute would prevent any form of break down of law and order in the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that earlier on Thursday, scores of indigenes of Ekosin had besieged the state secretariat in Osogbo to protest the delay in the release of white paper on vacant stools in the state .

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Alimi said that the Gov. Ademola Adeleke led administration and committee constituted to look into the issue on vacant stools had concluded its work on the white paper.

He said that the case of Ekonsin vacant stool in dispute had been taken before the Osun State High Court in Ikirun by members of some ruling family houses.

The commissioner said that the government would await the outcome of the suit before it could take any action.

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” The governor set up a committee that looked at all obaship vacant stools in the state and which submitted its report and a white paper subsequently released .

“I believe you can get a copy of the white paper report on what it stipulated as regard Obaship issue at Ekonsin in Odo-Otin,” Alimi said .

The commissioner said that the protest by some indigenes of the town at the state secretariat, Osogbo, was unnecessary, but rather the people should await the verdict of the court.

Also , the Director of Chieftancy Affairs , Mr Bashir Oladipo, urged the Nyanbilolu ruling house to follow due process in resolving the obaship dispute .

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Oladipo said the state government’s white paper would further guide the ruling house on what next round to do.

In their separate remarks , Mr Kayode Asa and Mr Hezekiah Ilufoye from Nyanbilolu royal house said that one Kasali Olagunju had been parading himself as a king in Ekonsin .

They both appealed to Mr Alimi and the Director of Chieftancy Affairs , Mr Oladipo, to ensure due processes is followed in preventing any breach of public peace and disturbance. (NAN)

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