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THE Supreme Court has confirmed the appointment of Professor Louis Nwaoboshi, as the traditional ruler of Ibusa in Delta State. The court, in a unanimous judgment, reversed the decision of the Court of Appeal, sitting in Benin, which upheld the decision of the High Court of Asaba quashing the Delta State Chieftaincy Declaration that confirmed the appointment of Nwaoboshi.
By Legal Notices numbers
6,7,8 and 9 of 1995 published in the Delta State of Nigeria, Extraordinary
Gazette No.28 VoI. I 5 of June 1995, the Delta State Government stated the
customary law regulating succession to the title of
Obuzor of Ibusa.
The Declaration, which was
made under section 8 of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict, 1979 of the
defunct Bendel State 1 applicable in Delta, stated , that there were three
ruling houses ( Otus ) in Ibusa clan.
According to Justice
Samson Uwaifo in his leading judgment, the three ruling houses in order of
seniority are ( 1) Otu Odogwu ruling house, (2)
Otu Uwolo ruling house and (3)
Otu lyase ruling house.
belonged to the Otu Odogwu ruling house. The declaration also stated that
succession should rotate among the three ruling houses.
Following the publication
of this declaration, persons who called themselves kingmakers wrote to the state
government requesting that the selection and appointment of Professor Nwaoboshi be approved and the staff of
office presented to him.
A letter dated June 20, I 1995 written by the government to the Kingmakers Committee confirmed the appointment of. Professor Nwaoboshi However, in July 1995 one Professor Obi Chike Onwuachi commenced certiorari proceedings in which he asked the court to quash the declaration.
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