Misbehave and Go to Jail, Akeredolu tells Ondo Monarchs

The Governor of Ondo state, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has warned traditional rulers in the state against violating the rule of law.

The Governor made this known while speaking at the official commissioning of an Agricultural Outreach and Civic Centre at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure(FECA) .

He decried the destruction of the institution’s properties by the Olugele of Igele,Oba Clement Aladegbaye Falodun.

“But I am happy that the man has been arrested. If an Oba misbehaves, law is not a respecter of anybody. They would lock him up. You have a college on land and somebody said the land belongs to him”

He further said: ” The land belongs to the people of the state. We were so worried because we got telephone here and there about what was happening on the land. I think we should call ourselves to order. We are talking about a place being used for public purpose”

“There is nothing we cannot acquire from any Oba for public use. Those who know Olu Ugele please tell him that he should think deeply about what will benefit the public and give it adequate support.”

Akeredolu, however, declared that he had respect for the traditional institution in the community, “We do not have anything against any Oba. As I said earlier today, I don’t see anybody at his right senses will move against the college of this nature and destroy things there. That person must be insane.

“Assuming without conceding for the purpose of argument that the land belongs to you and it was given to the college and the college is on that land, will that not be your pride?

“What else do you want to do on the land where college is? Where students are being trained, we have plantations there and you now bring bulldozer to destroy it,” Akeredolu said.

Meanwhile, the Olugele of Igele, Oba Clement Aladegbaye Falodun, has been arraigned before an Akure Magistrate’s Court for land-grabbing.

Falodun, with two others at large, was arraigned yesterday on a six-count charge of unlawful destruction and possession of Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) property worth N830 million.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Uloh Okokon, opposed the defense counsel, Mr. Dapo Agbede, who raised an objection that the defendant, Falodun, could not be tried due to Section 250 of the Administration Justice Law, Ondo State, 2015.

But Okokon stressed that the defendant was a first offender and all charges against him were under the purview of the law, insisting that nobody was above the law. He added that the charges were all contrary and punishable under Section 249 (d), Section 305A (4), Section 457 of the Criminal Codes, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

“That you, Clement Falodun and others now at large, between April 3 and June 20, 2017 around 8a.m. at Benin Garage area of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, did forcibly enter into the land of Federal College of Agriculture in a wrongful bid to enforce a declaratory judgment in Suit No: AK/279/2012 by self-help, without obtaining Order of Possession and Writ of Possession of the land in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 81 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.”

The presiding magistrate, A.I Ajayi, adjourned hearing for ruling on the counsel’s objection to July 5, ordering that both parties should maintain status quo.

She noted she would not remand the monarch, based on self-recognizance.

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