The first-class monarch in Oyo State, the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, on Friday, was dethroned by High Court sitting in Ibadan.
Oba Adegbola became the Eleruwa in 1998, following the death of his predecessor, Oba Bolanle Olaniyan in 1994.
His removal by an Oyo State High Court on the grounds that his selection, nomination, and approval by the State Government were irregular, null and void, was affirmed by the Federal High Court.
Adegbola had dismissed the appeal court judgment by saying, “There is no cause for alarm as my counsel is finalizing the process of appeal at the Supreme Court.”
He said the case is a civil matter can still be taken up to Supreme Court, adding that he is ready to enforce to the fullest, his rights under the provision of law.
His opponent, Rasheed Oyedepo said the victory of the over-a-decade legal battle has confirmed that the judiciary remains the hope of the common man.
“Today, the entire Eruwa community is set free as a result of the judiciary, which restored our hope. We stood by the truth for the 15 years that Adegbola was illegally picked by some cabals in Eruwa, but today, God has revealed himself.
“I urge Oyo State Government to ensure the implementation of the court order,” Oyedepo said.