A new twist was Tuesday added to the face-off between the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi and two traditional Chiefs in Oyo town as the duo: Chiefs Jacob Oluokun and Sulaiman Ajiboye Ishola, have dragged the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, before a Federal High Court, Ibadan Division over allegations of contempt arising from his refusal to carry out a lawful order of the court.
The applicants, who are both indigenous of Isale Oyo in the ancient town, prayed the court to commit the police boss to prison for allegedly refusing to obey an order of the same court which had directed him to investigate the monarch over some criminal allegations levelled against him by the traditional Chiefs.
In the suit marked. FHC/CS/54/2014, the applicants, in form 49 (committal to prison), filed by their counsel, Mr. Abiodun Abdul-Raheem, urged the court to compel the IGP to show cause why he should not be committed to prison after he/his office has refused to investigate criminal allegations levelled against the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, as ordered by the court in its ruling of 15th December, 2014.
“The committal proceeding was filed by Abdul-Raheem on 22nd August, 2016.
“Form 48 was served on the former IGP, Solomon Arase in June last year, warning him of the consequences of disobeying court order.
“The order relied upon by the applicants was issued on 15th December, 2014 when Hon. Justice N. Ayo-Emmanuel has issued an order of Mandamus, compelling the police boss to investigate allegations of crime contained in a letter signed by the applicants and dated 18th March, 2014, with the title ‘Unprecedented Criminality, Flagrant Human Rights violation, Bomb planting, Gun running and unresolved assassinations in Oyo Town, Oyo State’, and delivered to his office on 17th April, 2014.”
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.