The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has apologized to the Osun State judiciary regarding some of the statements credited to him in the media, even as the court struck out the case.
The apology was contained in a letter submitted to the the Osogbo Magistrate Court in a suit filed by the Oluwo Oke of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye.
Oba Akanbi appeared personally in court on Wednesday before Magistrate Falilat Sodamade to whom the case was transferred, after Magistrate Olusola Aluko withdrew from the case on January 6.
The statements had prompted Magistrate Aluko to issue an arrest warrant against the monarch in December 2016.
Although the Oluwo defied the order but one of his Chiefs who attended the court proceeding on January 6, apologised on his behalf,explaining that the monarch could not come to court because he was ‘indisposed’.
One of the counsels for the petitioner, Yusuf Oladele told the court on Wednesday that Oba Adeoye had filed a notice of discontinuance in the application before the court.
Counsel for the defendant (Oluwo), Mr. Olaide Yekini confirmed the receipt of the notice of discontinuance in the matter.
“I urge this honourable court to give effect to the withdrawal of the application and consider the letter of apology dated February 15, 2017; written by Oba Akanbi to the court.”
The Magistrate then called the author of the letter to stand up to confirm it.
Consequently, Oba Akanbi stood up and confirmed to the court that he was the author of the letter, saying he never meant to disrespect the court since he has been a friend of the court.
“I am a friend of the judiciary and I will always be. When there was a threat to close down the Iwo High Court due to poor infrastructure, I used my personal money to renovate it and this runs into millions of naira.
“I want to tell the court that all that happened during the matter was due to misinformation. My feeling towards that effect has been expressed in the letter before the court.”
In her ruling, the magistrate granted the request for the discontinuation of the case and struck out all the matters related to it.
Addressing the journalists within the court premises, Oba Akanbi said he would never disrespect the judiciary.
By our corespondent
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