The Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on Monday compelled the Inspector General of Police to investigate allegations of crime leveled against the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi.
In his ruling, Justice Ayo Emmanuel granted an order of mandamus brought before it by Jacob Oluokun and Sulaiman Ishola to investigate the allegations against Mr. Adeyemi contained in a petition to the office of the IGP, dated March 18, 2014.
The petition titled: “Unprecedented criminality, flagrant human rights violations, bomb planting, gun running and unresolved assassinations in Oyo town, Oyo state” was delivered to the IGP’s office on April 17, 2014, findings revealed.
The application for mandamus with the suit No: FHC/IB/CS/54/2014 was filed at the Federal High court, Ibadan by the applicants’ counsel, Biodun Abdur-Raheem on July 16, 2014.
In the affidavit in support, the applicants said that the attention of the IGP was drawn to various incidences of crime in Oyo State, as a result of which prominent people, particularly of Isale Oyo extraction, had lost their lives through organised assassinations while others lived in perpetual fear of imminent attack.
In the written address in support of the motion on notice for mandamus, the applicants’ counsel, Mr. Abduraheem, said the application was in pursuant to Order 34 Rules 3(4) of Federal High court Rules and under the inherent jurisdiction of the Court.
Mr. Abduraheem said the applicants were community leaders and members of Isale Oyo Community concerned about the spate of murder, attempted murder, gun running and other heinous crimes going on without any of the culprits brought to book.
He argued that the applicants had shown sufficient legal interest to protect and urged the court to grant the application as prayed and on reasons adduced.
The presiding judge, Mr. Emmanuel granted all the prayers of the applicants.
Meanwhile, there was no legal representation by the respondent at the sitting.