By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Aromokola ruling House in Abalabi community located in Ewekoro Local Government of Ogun State has petitioned Governor Dapo Abiodun over alleged controversial traditional ruler of the community, Taofeek Biobaku Bakare, who they alleged parades himself as a monarch having been warned against such by the Government.
The ruling house also forwarded copies of the petition to the State Commissioner of Police, Director of Department of Security Service (DSS), Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Adewale Adedoyin from Oddiri Oddiri and Co, the Counsel of the ruling house, in a petition said despite series of meetings with stakeholders in Ogun State to halt what will cause violence in the community, Bakare has continued to parade himself as the monarch and was also appointing Bales for neigbouring villages.
Bakare, when contacted, said: ’there was never a time I was asked not to parade myself as Oba of my town, Abalabi. Olowu of Owu Kingdom created Oba for Abalabi over ten years ago, and I am the third to occupy that position. I have not received any letter from government not to parade myself as Oba’
The petition pointed out that the defiance is in contrast to the permissible statue that empowered the local government under Chief Law part 2 of Section 15a-iv of Ogun State, Customary Law, adding that, ’we are constraint to inform Your Excellency that Taofeek Biobaku Bakare has made himself an Emperor’
‘He did not only present himself as a King, he has constituted a stature, a machinery ostentated to appoint Baale of the neighbouring town, this is a dangerous precedent if not avert now, it will form a grandeur to any other person within Ogun State locality to allude and form a parallel prescribed authority to the function of Ogun State order of Ewekoro Local Government whose Abalabi kingdom is under its inherent jurisdiction’, the petition reads
‘Despite umpteenth letters and reference to Section 15a of Chief Law part 2 Ogun State Customary Law act, the local government has failed to act, this muteness ushered in all manners of contention from different folks which have no bearing to the legitimacy of the succession to the next throne of Abalabi Kingdom’’, the petition emphasized.
The ruling said the controversial monarch was earlier invited by the police, with a warning to take to government directive of not parading himself as a tradition ruler, adding that, he was made to write an undertaking.
’Suffice to say that Taofeek has not yielded to the warning from the police nor adhere to the undertaking he made with them.
‘Very recently, your administration stopped him from building a palace in the community which was initiated on the 5th September, 2019; he was defiant to all avenues to stop him from parading himself as an Oba. The most recent action was borne out of Owu Day ceremony.’