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Chieftancy Matters

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At Emmanuel Chambers, we operate a dualist approach to legal practice making us a modern firm with traditional values. With a Founding and Principal Partner who holds a number of traditional titles including the Aare Bamofin (Commander of Legal Knowledge) traditional title, we recognise and defend the continuing relevance of our traditional institutions. Accordingly, we have over the years been actively involved in the litigation of chieftaincy matters
Very famously, Emmanuel Chambers’ Principal Partner, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN represented the present Alaafin of Oyo in the legal dispute that paved the way for his ascension to the throne. When in early 90s, an ex parte injunction was obtained against the installation of Chief MKO Abiola as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Aare Afe successfully argued for the discharge of the order which eventually paved the way for the conferment of the title on Aare Abiola. In Mafimisebi v. Ehuwa (2007) 2 NWLR (Pt. 1018) 385, Emmanuel Chambers overturned the coronation of Prince Mafimisebi at the Supreme Court and accordingly paved the way for the coronation of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Frederick Obateru Akinruntan, the present Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom. Afe Babalola prevailed at the Supreme Court and accordingly defended the coronation of the Ohinoyi of Ebira land. Afe Babalola also procured the set-aside of a coronation-restraining injunction and this paved the way for the installation of the Elegboro of Ijebu-jesa.

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