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Oba Akiolu battles to retain stool in court

By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Jane Echewedo

lagos—Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu yesterday, disclosed that there was no rule mandating a prospective Oba of Lagos to wait for 90 days before ascending the throne after the exit of the incumbent.

• VISIT: From left: Medical Director, Pfizer Nigeria and East Africa Region, Dr Kodjo Soroh; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and Director, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Nigeria and East Africa Region, Mrs Margaret Olele during the courtesy visit by Pfizer to the Oba at his palace last week in Lagos.

He made the revelation at the resumed hearing of the suit challenging his ascendancy before an Ikeja High court.

He therefore asserted that the age-long  customs and traditions were followed in his selection as an Oba. He insisted that he is the rightfully elected monarch of Lagos.

Akiolu citing historical sources told the court that he is the bona fide monarch of Lagos.

Akiolu’s title is being challenged by Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, both of the Akinsemoyin Ruling House of Lagos.

Adebiyi and Modile were candidates chosen by the Akinsemoyin Ruling House to contest the Obaship title in 2003 after the demise of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, the then Oba of Lagos that year.

They lost the race to become Oba of Lagos to Akiolu who they alleged had no rightful claim to the throne.

Joined as respondents are the state governor, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Prince Awobade Pearse, a representative of the Ologun Kutere Ruling House and Chief J.J Junaid – Eko, the head of the traditional white cap chiefs of Lagos.

Other respondents include – Prince Kola Balogun and Mr Musibau Kelani, who are respectively the Head and Secretary of the Eshilokun royal family.

While being cross – examined yesterday by Mr Babatunde Fashanu (SAN), the plaintiffs’ counsel, Akiolu reasserted that age-long traditional customs and traditions were followed in his selection as an Oba.


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