Again, court orders Oluwo to appear over assault

Oluwo of Iwo Land Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi

An Osogbo Chief Magistrates’ Court in Osun has ordered that the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, be served with court papers by substituted means.

Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, on Friday, also ordered the monarch to appear in court personally on April 3 in order to defend the alleged suit brought against him.

The magistrate had made a similar order on March 6.

The Oluwo is accused of assaulting another monarch, Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting on February 14.

The meeting, convened by an Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 11, Bashir Makama, was to settle a land tussle in Iwo land between the monarchs.

The applicant’s counsel, Soji Oyetayo, had prayed the court to issue a bench warrant against the monarch to enable the police to bring him to court.

Defence counsel, Tiamiyu Adegboyega, opposed the request, saying his client was served two days ago but was not personally served as required by law.

The magistrate, however, ordered that the notice be served on the monarch personally or in the alternative, the bailiff should paste it at a conspicuous place in his palace in Iwo.

The case was adjourned until April 3 for hearing in the application.