Judiciary

Court bars Oloro from installing traditional chiefs in Oro township

Michael Olanrewaju

The Kwara State High Court of Justice sitting in Ilorin presided over by Hon. Justice T. S. Umar has declared that the Oloro of Oro has no power to install any traditional Chief in Oro township.

Delivering judgement on July 9, 2019 in suit Kws/OM/1/09 by Justice T.S. Umar, the Court said by virtue of a judgment of Justice Banji Orilonise which was upheld by the Supreme Court, the Oloro has no authority to install any Chief in Oro such as Baale, Asanlu and Aro.

The decision emanated from a suit instituted by the Asanlu of Oro, Chief Simon Kayode Olayioye against the Kwara State government and the Oloro.

The Oloro had attempted to install another person as Asanlu of Oro while the plaintiff was still the incumbent.

Justice Umar said on the basis of established tradition and custom of Oro people, two persons cannot occupy the chieftaincy stool of Asanlu of Oro at one and the same time.

He added that the stool of Asanlu of Oro was not vacant and that Chief Olayioye is and remains the only occupant.

He observed that from the submissions of both the plaintiff and the defence the plaintiff has proved its case on the balance of of probabilities and preponderance of evidence.

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