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Olubadan wrathful over removal of Iyaloja of Ibadanland

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Olubadan of Ibadan faulted the removal of Iyaloja of Ibadanland, saying the reported removal of  the Iyaloja was not presented  to him for his assent.

The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji has faulted the removal of Iyaloja of Ibadanland.

According to the media aide to the traditional ruler, Mr Adeola Oloko, Oba Adetunji said the reported removal of the Iyaloja, Chief Labake Lawal, was not presented to him for his assent.

Oloko told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that the formal process of removing the Iyaloja has therefore not been completed.

He said  that the monarch has  the authority to ratify  both the deposed Iyaloja and the new candidate  as presented by the traders’  association through the Iyalode of  Ibadanland, Alhaja Aminat Abiodun.

Explaining the formal process, Oloko said that the association would brief the Iyalode of Ibadanland of their decision to remove an Iyaloja, and she would in turn  brief the monarch  about the development.

He said that the Iyalode is responsible for vetting the process of  removal and recommendation of  a  new candidate for  presentation to the Olubadan for ratification.

Oloko  declared  that the process will not be completed until the ratification by the Olubadan.

Mixed reactions had trailed the removal of Lawal over  allegations  of fraud and high handedness.

The traders at their recent  congress told newsmen that the Olubadan had ratified  the removal of Lawal as Iyaloja.

But  Lawal told NAN that she remains  the Iyaloja of  Ibadanland, insisting  that it was only the Olubadan that has the authority to remove her.

She stated that she still enjoyed the support of the Olubadan and  threatened  to sue the traders over what she considered  her illegal removal.

“As far as I am concerned, I am still the Iyaloja of Ibadanland and I have contacted my lawyer to sue anyone who takes  any contrary action,” she said.

NAN also  reports that the Olubadan was reported to have told the traders at a meeting on Nov. 28, 2016 that he  has the authority to ratify removal and appointment of a new  Iyaloja of Ibadanland.

The monarch was quoted to have said at the meeting  that affairs concerning traders were  under the purview of the Iyalode of Ibadanland  at the Olubadan-in-Council.

The Iyalode of Ibadanland,  after the meeting,  told the traders that the choice of a new Iyaloja was theirs and the ratification would come  from the monarch.

She urged the traders to take a decision on the matter  for ratification by the monarch.

Alhaji Dauda Oladepo, the president of the traders’  association,  had told Abiodun that Lawal was unanimously removed by congress at the group’s meeting.

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