Otitoju v. Gov., Ondo State (1994) 4 NWLR (Pt.340)518 (1994) All NLR 462 (1994) 4 SCNJ 224 Otitoju v. Gov Ondo State (1994) 4 NWLR (Pt. 340) 518
SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
ABUBAKAR BASHIR WALI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
IDRIS LEGBO KUTIGI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
UTHMAN MOHAMMED Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
ANTHONY IKECHUKWU IGUH Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
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court of appeal
learned trial judge
paramount ruler of omuo-oke ekiti
comments of the ondo state government
evidence of records
western state government
olomuo-oke of omuo-oke chieftaincy
claim of olomuo-oke
claim of the olomuo-oke of omuo-oke
customary law of omuo-oke community
decision of the high court
detriment of the plaintiff
evidence series of documentary exhibits
findings of the learned trial judge
head chief of omuo-oke
judicial commission of inquiry
military governor of ondo state
oba of omuo-oke
ondo state high court
provisions of part
recognised oba of omuo
recognition of the appellant
recommendations of the commission
view of my conclusion
western state legal notice
KUTIGI, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): Following the claim of the Olomuo-Oke of Omuo-Oke as the paramount Chief or Oba of Omuo-Oke, Ekiti. The Military Governor of Ondo State instituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by the Honourable Justice Ojuolape to investigate the claim. The Commission took evidence and later submitted its report to the 1st defendant herein who then issued a white paper dated August 1982. The white paper was admitted as Exhibit at the trial.
On Page 13 of Exhibit E the recommendations of the commission and the comments of the Ondo State Government were stated in part thus:
"15.0 Government views and comments on the Commission's Recommendation:
15.1 Recommendation (i) that the claim of Olomuo-Oke as an Oba is false and should not be entertained either politically or administratively.
Government accepts this recommendation.
15.2 Recommendation (ii) the Olomuo-Oke should be recognized as the head chief of Omuo-Oke under the paramountcy of…
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