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Court jails Ogun self-acclaimed monarch for impersonation

A chief magistrate court in Abeokuta, Ogun State has sentenced Mufutau Dosunmu, a self-acclaimed traditional ruler, to six months in prison for falsely presenting himself…

A chief magistrate court in Abeokuta, Ogun State has sentenced Mufutau Dosunmu, a self-acclaimed traditional ruler, to six months in prison for falsely presenting himself as the Osolo of Ado-Odo in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government of the state.

Dosunmu was convicted for impersonation and disturbance of peace within the Ado-Odo Magisterial district.

He was accused of parading himself as a monarch, donning regalia and a beaded crown, despite lacking the rightful title, thereby violating Section 23(2)(c) of the Obas and Chiefs Law of Ogun State.

Dosunmu was also accused of behaving in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace, resulting in charges under Section 249(1)(d) of the Criminal Code Law, Laws of Ogun State, 2006.

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The convict was said to have installed one Alabi Afizu as Baba Loja (market head) of Ado at Oba Agaloye Market, Ado-Odo, in March 2022, contravening Section 249(1)(d) of the Criminal Code Law.

Dosunmu was additionally charged for instructing a town crier to announce movement restrictions due to spiritual rites between April 2022 and August 2022, leading to charges under Section 249(1)(d) and 200 of the Criminal Code Law.

The prosecuting counsel, Adebayo Adesanya told the court that Dosunmu’s actions were punishable offences under Section 249(1)(d) and punishable under Section 249(3) of the Criminal Code Law.

Dosunmu was also charged for parading himself as a kingmaker without Traditional Council approval, a violation of Section 41 of the Chief’s Law of Ogun State, 2021, punishable under Section 41(6) of the Obas and Chiefs Law.

Delivering his judgment, Chief Magistrate E.O Idowu found Dosunmu guilty of six-count charges and sentenced him to six months imprisonment.

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