Ekiti Government Disapproves Deposition of Traditional Ruler by Monarch

The Ekiti State Government has intervened in the deposition of Chief Kehinde Oladapo, the Oisajigan of Ejigan Quarters in Efon Alaaye, Efon Local Government Area, by the Alaaye of Efon, Oba Emmanuel Aladejare.

The government, represented by Deputy Governor Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, emphasized the necessity of following due process in such matters and urged the monarch to reverse the decision in the interest of peace. Chief Oladapo was accused of disrespecting tradition by adorning himself with beaded crowns and neglecting his duties in the palace, but the government emphasized that any disciplinary action against traditional chiefs must be ratified by the government.

Afuye while addressing the monarchs hinted on the importance of adhering to the Ekiti State Chiefs Law, which mandates government involvement in the removal of traditional rulers or chiefs. She also warned against the unauthorized wearing of royal regalia by chiefs and stressed that Ejigan Quarters should remain under the authority of Alaaye until further notice.

The Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Home Affairs, Ojo Atibioke, supported the government’s stance, stating that any disciplinary action against a chief must be preceded by committee proceedings and government notification.

While the government expressed disappointment at the absence of Oba Aladejare from the proceedings, it stressed the necessity for traditional rulers to honor government summons for peace initiatives.

In response, Chief Adewale Dada, representing Oba Aladejare, acknowledged the chief’s unruly behavior but expressed the monarch’s willingness to reconcile if Chief Oladapo demonstrates respect for tradition and fulfills his duties in the town. The government’s intervention underscores its commitment to upholding due process and maintaining peace in Ekiti State.

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