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Lagos kingship tussle: House of Assembly to decide issue soon



Lagos kingship tussle: House of Assembly to decide issue soon


Lagos State House of Assembly has waded into the on-going crisis in Isheri-Oke Church town in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the state, over the kingship stool being contested for the past 18 years.
Recently some of the community leaders stormed the Governor’s Office and House of Assembly in Ikeja, to register their grievances over the controversy surrounding the kingship stool.
Members of the community, in their hundreds, had earlier marched to the House of Assembly and converged in front of the complex chanting solidarity songs.
They said they wanted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to use his good office to ensure that justice prevails.
However, four members of the State House of Assembly, namely Hon Bisi Yusuf representing Alimosho Constituency 01, Funmilayo Tejuosho, former House Whip, Ibrahim Layode representing Badagry Constituency 01 and Hon Solaja representing Ikorodu Constituency, were present to listen to the two parties contesting for the stool.
Lawyer to the Olofin family, who claims ownership of the throne, Lekan Odunsi, described the people’s struggle to have their king installed by the Lagos government as “long suffering and oppression”.
Odunsi said the state government, in the last 18 years, had consistently refused to consider the yearnings of Isheri-Oke Church notwithstanding intrinsic judicial and historical facts presented before the constituted authorities.
He alleged that a member of the state House of Assembly in connivance with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Musiliu Folami, was working round the clock in a bid to install a non-indigene of the community to become a king over them.
He stated that the community was neither desperate nor begging to have their son installed as the Oba but demanding what rightly belongs to them.

Meanwhile one Chief Albert Bankole, who is presently acting as the traditional ruler of Isheri Church, refuted the claims by Odunsi Royal family over ownership of the throne saying no king has even been installed in the land since inception.

The matter has been adjourned till further notice.

Addressing journalists after the hearing from both parties, leader of the fact finding team set up by the House of Assembly, Hon Bisi Yusuf said, the four-member team would report back to the House after which both parties would be summoned again to present their case before the full House which will be presided upon by the Speaker, Hon Mudashiru Obasa.

He, however, urged the parties to maintain peace within the community until their fate is decided by the House of Assembly.

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