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We Will Prosecute Illegal Obas, Says Ogun Govt

Declares them impostors

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Individuals, who henceforth unilaterally declare themselves as monarchs of any community in Ogun state without official approval will be prosecuted, the state government has said.

Condemning the trend, which it noted is now rampant in the state, the government said it would “not allow the unwholesome development to desecrate the sacred institution of kingship and lawlessness with the attendant compromise of the security of lives and property.”

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, said in a statement released in Abeokuta, that laid down procedure should always be followed in matters concerning the installation of monarchs.

Afuape

“No one could be made a monarch, without the consent of the government in any society”, the commissioner stated, adding that “in Ogun State, the selection and coronation of a monarch are always published in the Official Gazette of the State government, and any monarch whose appointment has not been published in the Gazette is an ‘illegal oba’ and an impostor.

“An illegal monarch risks prosecution in a competent Court of Law, as provided in Section 23 sub-section 2 (a-d) of the Obas and Chiefs, Council of Obas, and Traditional Council Laws of the State.

Afuape called on members of the public to report any individual found parading himself illegally as an oba to the nearest Police station and his ministry for necessary profiling and prosecution as appropriate to serve as a deterrent to other impostors.

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