Promoted 21 Kings with the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi and his wife, Florence. Photo: Governor’s Office

An Oyo State High Court on Friday declared that the installation of 21 kings by Governor Abiola Ajimobi is unconstitutional, therefore illegal, null and void.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Olajumoke Aiki, held that the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in the Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, was illegal and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan, which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state governor.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

The Judge held that wearing of beaded crowns were beyond the purview of Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the laws.

The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly Sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.