An Osogbo Magistrates’ Court on Friday ordered the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, to appear in person for over allegations of assault filed against him by the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dirkrullahi Akinropo.
Oba Akinropo through his counsel, Soji Oyetola had filed a suit accusing Oba Akanbi of assaulting at a peace meeting in the office of the Assistant Inspector- General of Police, Zone XI, on February 14.
Addressing the court when the matter came up on Friday, Oyetayo urged the court to issue a bench warrant for the Oluwo’s arrest over his failure to appear before the court saying the defendant was duly served with the court process and should have appeared in person.
However, lawyer for the Oluwo, Tiamiyu Adegboyega, said the application was served on the office of his client around 12.45pm on March 18 and the monarch had not been informed and served the process personally.
He urged the court to discountenance the application for bench warrant for the Oluwo’s arrest, saying it had no basis in law.
Ruling on the application, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara ruled that Oba Akanbi should appear before the court in person on April 3 adding that hearing notice should also be forwarded to Oba Akanbi’s verifiable phone number.