DAUGHTERS OF DECEASED IJEBU TRADITIONAL RULER SUE OGBONI SOCIETY FOR HIJACKING HIS CORPSE
The Osugbo Society of Ijebuland also known as the Ogboni Society have been sued by the daughters of the late the Alaye-Aba of Aba, Aiyepe, Ogun State, Oba Rauf Adebayo Raji-Suleimon for allegedly hijacking his corpse.
Mrs Aderonke Egunjimi, Mrs Tiwalade Abass and Mrs Adeyemi Joseph who instituted a N50 billion lawsuit against the society through their lawyer Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN, described their late father as a devoted and practising Muslim who performed pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina and had several awards and recognitions by Muslim Societies because of his contributions to the Islamic faith.
Recounting how members/representatives of the society forcibly took their father’s corpse away after they had dug a grave, set up canopies for visitors and concluded funeral arrangements to bury their father according to Islamic rites on January 24, 2021, the late Monarch’s daughters sought for a mandatory injunction compelling the society to return the corpse forthwith to their custody at the applicants’ Family House being at No 1, Alaye Aba Street, Aba Quarters, Aiyepe, Ogun State.
The Oba’s daughters who further accused members of the society of infringing on their rights to privacy and family life and depriving their father of a befitting burial, also asked the court to declare the conduct and practice of the 1st to 15th unconstitutional, illegal, vexatious, barbaric, obnoxious, immoral and repugnant to the dictates of civil order as enshrined in the constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 2004.
No date has been fixed for hearing of the application.