By OLASUNKANMI AKONI
The Abiona family, one of the three ruling houses in Ishagatedo had recently dragged one Rasaki Ishola Owodeyi, the present “Baale” (traditional ruler) of Ishagatedo, in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area, to court over what they alleged as “illegal occupation of the title seat by Awodeyi and for parading himself as Baale.”
This had led to fear among the residents in the area following worsening disagreement that ensued between the two parties over who is the rightful candidate to the throne after several years of vacancy in Ishagatedo kingdom.
In a hearing notice filed at the High Court of Lagos, Ikeja, with suit no: ID/62/2013 by Abiona Ruling Family, through Chief Fasesan Ayanbi and others as claimants; had Owodeyi, Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Attorney General of the state as defendants.
However, supporters of both parties had vowed to engage one another in a physical challenge at any slightest provocation. Though, many were said to be sympathetic to the cause of the Abionas’, who they see as being cheated through conspiracy.
It was learnt that the Police and other security personnel have been alerted and placed on red alert to avert any ugly incident in the area.
According to the schedule 7 of the Lagos State of Nigeria Official Gazette, of 1995, the number and identity of the ruling houses are: 1; Kuponiyi Family. 2: Abiona Family and 3: Owodeyi Family.
The three registered ruling houses were created after the death of Chief Akanbi, who founded Ishagatedo in the early 18th century. Akanbi, precisely died sometime in 1895 after about 51 years on the throne as the Baale of Ishagatedo. Since then, the throne has been ascended to in successive rotation.
Trouble however, started when the incumbent Baale, Owodeyi allegedly refused to allow the perceived authenticc Baale to ascend the throne after several years he had held sway as administrator pending the determination of a real Baale. The refusal of Awodeyi not to leave the throne was allegedly sequel to announcement by government on its plan to upgrade the Baaleship (chief grade status) of the throne to Obaship (full paramount ruler status).