A Kogi State High Court sitting in Lokoja has granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Chief Solomon Dele Owoniyi from parading himself as the Obaro of Kabba or taking any steps and/or doing anything relating to the position of the Obaro of Kabba pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the claimant of the stool.
Kogi State government headed by Yahaya Bello had earlier approved the appointment of Owoniyi as Obaro-elect.
A source from the state disclosed that Owoniyi was Kogi government’s preferred candidate for the royal stool.
The court presided by Justice M M Gwatana also ordered the Kogi State government and the state’s chieftaincy council who were joined in the suit from treating or taking any further action to recognize Owoniyi or any other person except from the Ilajo Royal family as a person that has the right to the chieftaincy of Obaro of Kabba pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The Ilajo Royal family through its counsel, Rasheed Aremu Esq had approached the court challenging the appointment of Chief Solomon Dele Owoniyi as the new Obaro of Kabba on the ground that he is not a member of the Royal family and therefore not fit to hold the position of the revered stool.
Among the prayers sought by the claimant is that the court should declare Ilajo Royal family as the custodian of the chieftaincy stool and the only family that can occupy the Obaro stool.
The case has been adjourned to September 4 for the hearing of motion on notice.