Ekiti Priest Suddenly and Forcefully Removed

The Alaaye of Efon-Alaaye, Oba Emmanuel Aladejare, has deposed the Alahun of Obalu in Efon-Alaaye, Chief Jacob Adelowo.

Adelowo, one of the town’s priests, was deposed via a letter dated July 6.

Oba Aladejare read the letter of deposition to journalists at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.

He also ordered chiefs installed by Adelowo to stop parading themselves as chiefs, saying their installations were illegal.

The monarch accused Adelowo of parading himself as an oba, consistently failing to recognise his authority and claiming that Ahun was an autonomous community within Efon Kingdom.

He said, “It has shown that you are not a fit and proper person to have been made a priest (Aworo) of the Odua deity, in the first place.

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“Therefore, in the exercise of powers conferred on me, as the prescribed authority in Efon town under the Chiefs Law, and by virtue of all other powers enabling in that behalf.

“I, Oba Alayeluwa, Dr. Emmanuel Adesanya Aladejare, Agunsoye II, Alaaye of Efon Kingdom, hereby depose you, Mr. Jacob Adelowo, as Chief Alahun of Obalu Quarters, Efon-Alaye; effective from the 6th day of July, 2012.”

Following series of complaints from the Alaaye, the Ekiti State Government had on March 14 ordered Adelowo to stop parading himself as an oba and should stop wearing monarch’s regalia.

The letter, which originated from the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs and signed by E.A Abejide on behalf the Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy, directed Adelowo to limit himself to the role of Aworo, saying his request for autonomy lacked merit.

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The monarch had earlier in a query accused Adelowo of precipitating crisis in the town.

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