Thursday 16 May 2024

Federal High Court Upholds Fundamental Rights of HRM Oba Philip Adegboyega Famodun III

In a landmark judgment delivered today at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, the rights of HRM Oba Philip Adegboyega Famodun III, the esteemed traditional ruler of Igbajo in Boluwaduro local government of Osun State have been staunchly defended. Presiding over the case, the honorable judge highlighted the pivotal distinction between the Colonial Era's unilateral dethronement powers and Nigeria's current legal framework, emphasizing that dethronement can only be justified in cases of criminal charges or constitutional violations.

The court unequivocally upheld the prayers (a) to (e) set forth by the defense, emphasizing the sanctity of traditional institutions within the constitutional framework of Nigeria. Notably, the court ruled that the government or its representatives are prohibited from taking any actions, including arrest, detention, dethronement, banishment, interrogation, or questioning against HRM Oba Philip Adegboyega Famodun III.

Moreover, the court highlighted the violation of HRM Oba Philip Adegboyega Famodun III's rights, particularly in the lack of a fair hearing during the committee's review of his enthronement. As a consequence, the gazetted White Paper stemming from this process has been deemed null and void.

This judgment signifies a resounding victory for the preservation of traditional institutions and the protection of fundamental human rights within the Nigerian legal landscape. It underscores the importance of due process and fair treatment for all individuals, regardless of their position or stature within society.

Moving forward, issues (f) to (i) have been advised to be argued at the State High Court, paving the way for further legal recourse and the continuation of this significant legal battle.

In the wake of this judgment, HRM Oba Philip Adegboyega Famodun III and his supporters celebrate a triumph for justice and uphold the resilience of Nigeria's legal system in safeguarding the rights of its citizens.

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