JUST IN: Adeleke dethrones 2 monarchs, sacks 12,000 workers

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The Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has dethroned Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Yinusa Akadiri, Aree of Iree, Oba Ademola Oluponle, and Owa of Igbajo, Oba Adegboyega Famoodun.

The immediate-past Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, crowned the dethroned monarchs weeks before leaving office.

Recall that Oyetola had vowed to review appointments made by Oyetola from July 17.

In his inaugural speech on Sunday, Adeleke claimed that all the last-minute appointments carried out by the immediate past administration were done so as to make “things difficult” for him.

In a statement on Monday through his Chief Press Secretary, Olawale Rasheed, the governor said that the thrones of Akirun of Akirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo remain unoccupied pending the outcome of a Committee of Inquiry to review their appointments and subsequent installations.

Recall that Famoodun before his appointment as Owa of Igbajo was the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State.

The statement further said that the six Executive Orders issued by the governor bordering on reversal of monarchs’ appointments, appointment and placement of civil servants, employment and freezing of government accounts have been signed this morning and take immediate effect.

“All appointments of traditional rulers made by Osun State Government after 17th July, 2022, are hereby ordered to be reviewed to ensure there was strict compliance with due process of chieftaincy declarations and native law, custom and tradition relating to such chieftaincies.

In the case of Ikirun, Iree and Igbajo, to avoid further breakdown of law and order, the appointments of Akinrun of Ikinrun, Aree of Ire and Owa of Igbajo are hereby put on hold pending review. Subsequently, the palaces of Akinrun of Ikirun, Aree of Iree and Owa of Igbajo should remain unoccupied, while security agencies are hereby ordered to take charge.