Ladoja, Ibadan Obas renew battle over crowns

 Bisi Oladele and Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan


The perennial feud between former Oyo State governor Rashidi Ladoja and the 21 Ibadan high chiefs elevated to monarchs by the immediate past administration of ex-governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday worsened as a former attorney general and commissioner for justice, Mr. Michael Lana, warned them to stop parading themselves as traditional rulers in Ibadan land or risk going to jail.

Lana, in a statement on behalf of Ladoja, who is also the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, said the 21 high chiefs, having been sacked by the court, should desist from parading themselves as Oba as their insistence and disobedience amounted to contempt.

He said anybody or organisation referring to them as Oba would also be guilty of contempt of court.

The former commissioner is the counsel to Ladoja in a suit filed against the promotion of the Obas by the immediate past administration in the state.

Ladoja had challenged the elevation of the high chiefs and others…

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