Symbol of justice
By Tunde Sanni
A fresh crisis is brewing in Oyo town following the eviction of the embattled Baale of Ago-Oja in the ancient town, Alhaji Ganiyu Ajiboye, from his home by the police.
The eviction order followed a directive by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Bayo Ojo on the police to eject the embattled Oyo chief from his home.
But Ajiboye has threatened a one billion suit against eviction from his residence by the police.
The embattled chief in a letter written by his counsel, Biodun Abdu-Raheem, said that the Oyo State Government in conjunction with the men of the Oyo State Police Command breached his fundamental human right by throwing him out of his residence without legal backing.
He said, "The whole process is illegal. We shall file an action in court for violating the fundamental human right of our client. Our client (Ajiboye) is suing them for N1bn while other residents whose property were thrown out of their abodes also have the right to sue both the police and the state government.
"The entire family living in the said property can also sue if they so desire. You will recall that former administration in the state led by Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala had sworn in Ajiboye as the Alago of Ago Oja but his appointment was challenged. A court judgement ordered that he should stop from parading himself as the Alago.
"However, we went to court for stay of execution. The police just came and said that they were acting on oral instruction from the governor. This is wrong and unlawful."
However, Ojo confirmed that he wrote the state police command to carry out the eviction order on the ground that the court had declared the position of Alago illegal and that the position did not exist in the state law.