Court quashes suit seeking to dethrone Oba of Lagos

A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has quashed a a suit seeking the removal of Rilwan Akiolu as Oba of Lagos.

The presiding judge Justice Babajide Candide-Johnson dismissed the suit filed by two members of the Royal Family, Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, who were challenging Akiolu’s installation as the Oba of Lagos.

The court stated that the challengers did not prove their case against the traditional ruler, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.

Adebiyi and Modile claimed in the suit that Akiolu was not entitled to the throne because he was not a member of a ruling royal family by not being a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first Oba of Lagos.

Also stating in the suit, only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling households were entitled to the throne.

The claimants also alleged that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when Akiolu was appointed as Oba in May 2003.

Others joined as respondents in the suit were the Governor of Lagos State, the Attorney-General of Lagos State, Prince Babatunde Akitoye, and Chief Junaid Eko.

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