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Court adjourns hearing on selection of new Alaafin

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The Oyo High Court sitting in Oyo has adjourned hearing on the selection of a new Alaafin of Oyo till Thursday.

The hearing was adjourned at the counsel’s request to the defendants, who said they were just served with the motions and needed more time to file a counter affidavit.

The presiding judge, Justice Ladiran Akintola, said there was no urgency in the matter and allowed the defendants more time to prepare their case.

The Claimants in suit no, HOY/38/2023 are Yusuf Ayoola (Basorun of Oyo town); Wakeel Oyedepo (Lagunna of Oyo town); Amuda Yusuf (Akinniku of Oyo); Waheed Oyetunji (Aare Ago Basorun), and Gbadebo Mufutau (Baale Alapo).

The lead counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr Kazeem Sobaloju (SAN), pleaded for a stay of status quo pending the determination of the substantive suit. 

He submitted that the plaintiffs have two motions before the court: a motion exparte on an interim order of injunction and a motion of notice on interlocutory injunction.

But counsel to the defendants, Mr E.O. Ojebisi, said they were only served the motions five days ago, which is less than the time required by law for service of notice. 

He, therefore, requested for more time to file a counter affidavit.

The presiding judge, Justice Ladiran Akintola, however, insisted that there was no urgency in the matter and told the counsels to agree on a date for the hearing. 

He said the defendants should be allowed to be joined in the suit with the filing of a counter affidavit

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