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21 Ibadan kings lose crowns

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Former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi

A state high court has set aside the gazette elevating 21 Ibadan kings to Oba status fifty-three months after they were crowned obas in Ibadanland by the immediate past Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
In granting the terms of settlement jointly filed by the state government and the claimant, who doubles as the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, Justice A. Aderemi Aderemi said since the parties had met and agreed, he was left with no option but to set aside the gazette.
Ladoja in 2018 won a landmark judgment, which quashed all the processes that led to the coronation of his fellow high chiefs and some Baales numbering 21 on August 27, 2017 by the Ajimobi government. The state government, who was not satisfied with the judgment, approached the Court of Appeal. The appeal was pending at the court as of the time Ajimobi left office on May 29.
His successor, Seyi Makinde opted for an amicable resolution of the dispute, which had pitted the 21 kings against the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji since 2017.

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