Controversial Imam of Iwoland Loses Legal Battle, Ordered To Pay N500,000 Fine


The controversial Imam of Iwoland, Muhammad Thanni AbdulMumini, has been ordered to pay a fine of N500,000 to Khalifah Ashiru Adio and Chief Abiola Ogundokun.

According to report, the legal dispute began on March 3, 2022, when AbdulMumini and two others filed a writ of summons and statement of claim against Abiola Ogundokun and Khalifa Ashiru Adio.

It was gathered that the plaintiffs sought several declarations and injunctions against the defendants, challenging their powers to suspend or act against them in respect of their chieftaincy titles held in Iwo Central Mosque.

It would be recalled that after a prolonged legal battle, the matter came up for pretrial conference on May 22, 2024, in the absence of the plaintiffs and their counsel. The court, presided over by Hon. Justice A.O. Oyebiyi, struck out the case with a fine of N500,000 awarded against the plaintiffs.

The defendants had earlier made an application for dismissal of the matter, which the court granted due to the plaintiffs’ failure to prosecute the case diligently. The cost awarded against the plaintiffs on November 14, 2022, had not been paid up until now, leading to the defendants’ request for the case to be struck out.

“The legal defeat marks a significant setback for AbdulMumini, who had sought to assert his authority over the chieftaincy titles in question. The judgment is a reminder that the legal process must be respected and that failure to comply with court orders can have serious consequences.” a source quoted.

It was gathered that the parties involved are expected to comply with the court’s decision and move forward in accordance with the law, while the legal battle may be over, but its implications will likely be felt for a long time to come.

All efforts to get the reaction of Muhammad Thanni AbdulMumini prove abortive as at the press time.

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