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Ayede-Ekiti monarch writes Ekiti govt over activities of ex-regeant

Monday, May 10, 2004

EKITI—The family of Attah of Ayede Ekiti Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi has petitioned Ekiti State government over the activities of a Princess of the town who parades herself as a regeant almost 12 years after the monarch was installed.

Vanguard reliably gathered that the former regeant of the town Princess Tinuola Omotoso has refused to accord Oba Orisagbemi recognition as the traditional ruler of the town on the ground that the issue of Obaship is still pending in a court of law.

In the petition, Head of the Attah Esubiyi Ruling House, Chief Joseph Elegbeleye through the chambers of Chief Dayo Fajuyi noted that the action of Princess Omotoso could cause breach of peace in the town.

According to the petition dated March 15, 2004, with the title “Threat to Peace’ the Attah Royal family was of the opinion that the regency period of the Princess ought to have lapsed 12 years ago, when the new monarch was installed by the then military administrator of old Ondo State Col. Ahmed Usman (rtd).

The family recounted one of the recent activities of Princess Omotoso, when one of the indigenes of the town, one Mr. Rapheal Fabusoro, allegedly donated Mercedez Benz car to the Princess with an inscription of Regeant of Ayede Ekiti on the plate number.

According to the royal family all efforts by eminent sons and daughters within and outside Ayede Ekiti to make the regeant realise the traditional implications of her action, were rebuffed by her.

After several visits by the police from the area command office Ikole to her residence, the plate number was removed and carried away by the police, the family further clarified.

In her own comment, Princess Omotoso, who spoke with our correspondent in her private residence along Longe Street, Ayede Ekiti, claimed that she remains the regeant of the town since the matter of Obaship in the town is still pending in an appeal court.

The princess, who was clad in traditional attire of flowing agbada and sokoto with cap to match, claimed that it was an act of  injustice on the part of the police to have denied her of the usage of the car with an inscription of regeant of Ayede Ekiti.

In his own response the monarch, after much persuasion by our correspondent lamented that inspite of the petition of members of his family to the state government since March 15, 2004, government is yet to act on the alleged misconduct of Princess Omotoso and her collaborator, adding that he has decided to forget everything in the interest of peace and progress of the town.



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