The Zaki of Arigidi in Ondo State, Oba Yinusa Olanipekun, has lauded the judiciary for its role in a protracted chieftaincy tussle in his domain. The High Court Akure had dismissed a suit filed against his appointment as the Zaki of Arigidi Akoko, for lack of jurisdiction and abuse of court process.
The plaintiff, Joseph Olanipekun, filed a suit challenging the installation of Oba Olanipekun. Counsel to Oba Olanipekun, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa also filed a preliminary objection, and argued that the case was filed out of time. He said filing of the case was an abuse of court processes, as it was filed outside the time specified in the Chieftaincy Law of Ondo State.
In his ruling, Justice Akintan Osadebey, upheld the preliminary objection. The court, he said, lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit. Justice Osadebey also emphasised that the filing of the case against the defendant was an abuse of court process. She explained that the case was a duplication of the one earlier dismissed by the court, involving the two parties.
The judge also ruled that the suit was filed outside the statutory period allowed by law and that the plaintiff did not fulfill the necessary conditions before filing it. Oba Olanipekun, through his counsel, Adegboruwa hailed the judge and the judiciary,noting that in spite of its recent challenges, the judiciary still served as becon of hope to secure justice.