Ekiti State Government Suppresses Traditional Chief’s Monthly Salary in Chieftaincy Scandal

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In response to allegations that he led a rebellion against the community’s new Aro chieftaincy title, Chief Sunday Faluyi, a traditional title holder in Iworo Quarters, Omuo Ekiti, Ekiti East Local Government Area, Ekiti State, has had his monthly salary immediately withheld by the state government.

On Tuesday, while interacting with the community delegation, the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Monisade Afuye, issued the punitive order during a troubleshooting parley.

Abel Oluwasogo of the Ayauna family of Iworo Quarters wrote a protest letter accusing Oba Noah Omonigbehin of Omuo Ekiti of preventing his family from assuming its position among the royal dynasties that were entitled to occupy the coveted seat. The government mediated the letter and handed down the directive.

Olorunsogo continued by saying that the Olomuo-in-Council is wrong about there being four families with exclusive rights to the royal throne in succession order, and that a 1999 court judgment enforced this restriction.

Afuye authorized Oba Omonigbehin to initiate the procedure for the installation of a new Aro from the Ayaro dynasty of Iworo Quarters and resolved the matter against the petitioner, according to a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje.

In the interest of peace and posterity, the deputy governor urged Olomuo to maintain the long-standing rotation that gave the title to the Ayaro dynasty.

Chief Faluyi was harshly punished, according to Mrs. Afuye, who said that the measure was meant to discourage other chiefs who were too eager to plot rebellions against their rulers.

It is deeply troubling that a chief who was supposed to be a peacemaker instead led a mutiny against the Olomuo’s order to allow Ayaro to install the new aro of Iworo Quarters.

His behavior betrayed his position.

“The Council must comply with this directive,” the deputy governor stated, adding that Chief Sunday Faluyi’s salary should be suspended until he and Olomuo reach a final resolution of the dispute.

“The four families that constitute Iworo Quarters, according to documents, sat in 1999 and resolved that the position of Aro should be rotated in order of Ayaro, Ayauna, Ayagbolu, and Ayaasun,” the deputy governor said, clarifying her stance on the new chieftaincy title’s origin.

The seat must go back to Ayaro because the last person to sit on it was from Ayaasun, according to the records. Olomuo ought to head straight to that line of succession and choose the future monarch.

Refuting allegations that he showed favoritism to one family over another in the royal duel, Oba Omonigbehin stated that he had been the community’s ruler since 1991 and that the reality he encountered was the need to rotate the post.

In addition, the king clarified that he had no preference for a particular candidate and that the family had met in 1999 to draw up the succession order, which he then had to carry out.

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