Thursday 10 December 2015

Appeal Court strikes out suit filed by deposed Deji of Akure, Prince Adesina challenging his dethronement

Deposed Deji of Akure, Prince Oluwadare Adesina
An appeal Court sitting in Ondo State has struck out a suit filed by the deposed Deji of Akureland, Prince Oluwadare Adesina challenging his dethronement by the state government.

The lead counsel to the state government, Folahan Salami had argued that it was necessary for the claimant to seek leave of the court to appeal the decision of the lower court which earlier heard the case.

Salami noted that the failure of the claimant, Prince Adesina or his counsel to make necessary application to the High Court or the Appeal Court before filling his appeal amounted to a breach of the court process.

In his ruling, Justice Sotonye Denton West while upholding Salami’s prayer struck out the case for lack of competence.

Following his dethronement and banishment, Prince Adesina approached an Akure high court to challenge his removal.

The High court in 2012 later dismissed the matter for lack of diligent prosecution.

Not satisfied, the deposed Deji headed for the Appeal Court in 2013.

Speaking with newsmen after the striking out of the suit, the deposed Deji and his counsel, Olalekan Ojo said they will explore all judicial means to secure justice, vowing to go to the Supreme Court.

The deposed Deji had caused a stir few weeks ago when the case was heard in court.

He walked through the major streets in Akure metropolis sending a wrong signal that the court had pronounced his return to the throne.

Leaders in Akure and the Akure Council of Chief condemned his action, which they described as “a show of shame.”

They warned him not to repeat such otherwise he would have himself to blame.

They insisted that Prince Adesina remain deposed and his reign consign to history.

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