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Osun State: Embattled Iree Monarch Seeks Intervention amidst Selection Process Saga

Deposed Osun monarch, Aree of Iree, Oba Raphael Oluponle, has petitioned law enforcement authorities to prevent potential violence and maintain public order amidst a dispute over the selection process for a new monarch. This plea follows steps taken by Boripe North local council development authority to initiate the selection process, despite a government White Paper nullifying previous steps.

The White Paper, issued in January 2024, mandated a fresh selection process for the Aree of Iree chieftaincy, urging the withdrawal of legal suits to facilitate due process and tradition.

In a letter addressed to the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Oba Oluponle’s counsel highlighted concerns over the initiation of a new selection process amidst pending court cases and without the withdrawal of the monarch’s appointment instrument. The monarch’s legal representatives emphasized the potential violation of state laws and the judiciary’s authority, urging law enforcement agencies to uphold order and enforce legal provisions.

Meanwhile, the ruling houses in Iree have objected to the fresh selection process, citing it as contempt of court and a violation of the government White Paper. They emphasised the necessity of withdrawing court cases before commencing any new selection process, which they deemed impossible due to ongoing judicial strikes. Despite objections, the Osun State Government and Boripe local council development authority proceeded with the selection process, leading to further tensions within the community.

Amidst these developments, tensions remain high as the community grapples with conflicting directives from ruling houses, local authorities, and ongoing legal proceedings. The gloomy situation reveals the complexities surrounding traditional chieftaincy disputes and the delicate balance between legal processes, government directives, and community traditions.

IMAGE: DailyPost

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