A magistrate court in Osogbo, Osun state has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.
Oba Akanbi, who has been accused of internet fraud, has however revealed he has no plans of appearing in court.
The case had been instituted against him by the Oluwo of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye. On the 20th of December, Mr. Olusola Aluko, presiding over the magistrate court, had issued the warrant for Oba Akanbi.
In an interview with Punch, Oba Akanbi denied the allegations, and said he would not appear in court for a case that had been compromised.
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“It is a shame on the judiciary to have such magistrate. There is no indictment; no case at all; somebody just brought a worthless paper before you. It is a civil case and you are relying on that to issue a warrant of arrest.
“I am not a criminal. Some people want to tarnish my name and they cooked up a lie that I am into Yahoo Yahoo. I am not. Can one be a monarch and still be doing Yahoo Yahoo? What do I need that for?
“The police commissioner is being represented in court, this is a civil matter; I was also represented in court by some traditional rulers and about five lawyers. Why didn’t he issue a bench warrant against the CP, who is the respondent in the case or was the CP present in court?
“All he just wants is to tarnish my name. That means it has a political undertone.”
He added that some other monarchs didn’t want his progress, and they were the ones behind the entire scheme.