Metro Oba Rilwan Akiolu's Throne Challenged by Lagos Royal Family

Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu on Monday appeared in an Ikeja High court to defend his ascension to the throne.

The monarch's installation Lagos is being challenged by Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, two members of the Lagos royal 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 claiming that Akiolu is not entitled to the throne because he is not a member of a ruling royal family by not being a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first Oba of Lagos.

According to them only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling houses are entitled to the throne. They also alleged that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when he was appointed as Oba in May 2003.

Oba Akiolu denied these claims.

“After I made my intention known to my family that I wanted to be Oba of Lagos, I applied for the throne.

“In May 2003, the head of the kingmakers and the then Sole Administrator of Lagos Island Council called at my residence.

“At that time I was preparing to go to the mosque and I was told that I received a letter from the state government and the State Executive Council.

“The letter accepted my nomination that I have been approved to be a worthy successor of the late Oba of Lagos.

“It will be exactly 14 years tomorrow (May 23, 2003) that the my appointment was approved.

“By the grace of Almighty Allah, there is nothing like rotation in the succession to the throne of Oba of Lagos,” Akiolu said.

He also denied claims that the Akiolu family is not among the ruling families.

“Despite the letter from Lagos State Government confirming my appointment as Oba and stating that I am from the Akiolu royal family, I want to make it clear that a royal family and ruling house means the same thing.

“My appointment as the king is the first time in history that kingmakers will be unanimous in selecting an Oba of Lagos.”

Justice A. Candide-Johnson adjourned the case until June 19 for continuation of trial.



chukwuka moses

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Are you serious?
sandra Chinasa

sandra Chinasa

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Why do the Royal families fighting the case now? Since 14 years? Where have they been?

olami lawson

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They should take it slow. It has been long they made him the oba.

Esther rex

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Nawaoooo. They should take it easy

Paul endure

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It has been long. There are lots of force behind this

chieloka attah

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Adisa Habeeb

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For real??
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