About 14 years after his installation, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Monday showed up in an Ikeja High Court in a suit challenging his rise as the foremost leader of Lagos, saying he is the real ruler.
“I am here to justify my appointment, you can’t create something on nothing, it will be broken.
“By local law and traditions and by law, I am the bonafide Oba of Lagos,” said Akiolu, who was went with to the court by 10 white cap chiefs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akiolu’s installation as the Oba of Lagos is being tested by Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, two individuals from the Lagos imperial family.
Joined as respondents in the suit are the state governor, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Prince Babatunde Akitoye and Chief Junaid Eko.
Both Adebiyi and Modile are guaranteeing that Akiolu is not qualified for the royal position since he is not an individual from a royal family by not being an immediate descendant of Oba Ado, the principal Oba of Lagos.
As per the inquirers, just individuals from the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling houses are qualified for the throne.
They likewise affirmed that customary guidelines and procedure were not taken after when he was named as Oba in May 2003.
While being driven in proof by his attorney, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, Akiolu told the court the procedure he took after before being installed.
“After I made my intention known to my family that I wanted to be Oba of Lagos, I applied for the position of royalty.
“In May 2003, the leader of the kingmakers and the then Sole Director of Lagos Island Chamber called at my residence.
“Then i was to go to the mosque and I was informed that I got a letter from the state government and the State Executive Council.
“The letter acknowledged my nomination that I have been affirmed to be a commendable successor of the late Oba of Lagos.
“It will be precisely 14 years tomorrow (May 23, 2003) that the my arrangement was affirmed.
“By the grace of Allah, there is nothing like rotation in the succession to the throne of Oba of Lagos,” Akiolu said.
Under the steady gaze of interviewing Akiolu, legal advisor to the inquirers, Mr Babatunde Fashanu (SAN), told the court that with the end goal of the trial, Akiolu ought to be tended to as the defendant and not as the Oba of Lagos while in court.
“I apply that all referrals to the defendant as the Oba of Lagos ought to be erased from the records of this honourable court.
“Inside the dividers of this court, he is a defendant and when we venture out of the court, I will postrate and welcome him as “kabiyesi” on the grounds that I am like a child to him,” he said.
Akiolu additionally told the court that he had an earlier relationship with Fashanu’s dad when he was functioning as a lawyer during his early years of legitimate practice 32 years back..
“I know your dad, I used to carry files for him when we were working together.”
Fashanu’s request to cancel referrals of Akiolu as Oba of Lagos might have been, be that as it may, not allowed by the court.
In reacting to Fashanu’s question whether appropriate customary procedure was taken after when he moved toward becoming Oba, Akiolu said he was installed by the traditions of Lagos as Oba by kingmakers.
“Akiolu is an immediate dscendant of Oba Ologun Kutere, there is no registered affirmation for the royal position.
“It is the old traditions and the recommendations of the Price Commission which is more than 100 years prior that is as yet substantial till today.”
Akiolu also debunked claims that Akiolu royal family was not one of the ruling houses because it was non-existent.
He said:”Despite the letter from Lagos State Government affirming my appointment as Oba and expressing that I am from the Akiolu royal family, I need to make it clear that a royal family and ruling house implies a similar thing.
“My arrangement as the king is the first time in history that kingmakers will be unanimous in choosing an Oba of Lagos.”
Justice A. Candide-Johnson deferred the case until June 19 for continuation of trial.