Justice R.O. Ayoola of Anyigba High Court, Kogi State, has granted an interim injunction restraining the recognition of Mr. James Abalaka as the Ejeh of Ofu, Ofu Local Government Area.
This followed an exparte motion brought by the Ogohi of Ejule, Alhaji Akwu Obaje, who is the claimant, to the High Court demanding that the Atah Igala, Michael Ameh Oboni II, the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Kogi State Government should not recognize Abalaka as the Ejeh Ofu.
The court at a hearing on Monday (July 30, 2018) restrained Abalaka from holding or parading himself as the Ejeh Ofu, until the determination of the motion on notice.
The case was thereafter adjourned till August 26, 2018 for further hearing.
Abalaka, who had been the Onu of Ugwolawo District, was among the traditional rulers recently appointed by Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
Others who were given letters of appointment include the Ejeh Olamaboro, Chief Simeon Ujah, Ohi of Adavi, Chief Ireyi Bello (First Class status) and the Adogu of Eganyi, Chief Muhammed Adambe (Second Class).
They were appointed pursuant to the Kogi State Laws on Appointments and deposition of Chiefs’ (No. 23 of 2006).