Ayangbure Court Case: Parties Know Fate Today

Wale Jagun

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Hon. Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, Lagos State Chief Judge.

-Alajede matter for hearing

Parties to the Ayangbure of Ikorodu stool before the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikorodu returns to the Court today, Monday, January 9, 2016, for the determination of the pending matter.

Justice Olushola Williams reserved ruling on the suit filed by Princes Tajudeen Odofin, Tayo Ladega and Gbolahan Onabanjo challenging Oba Shotobi’s appointment after listening to the opposing counsel.

The Lisa of Ikorodu, Chief Zaccheus Odusoga, the Apena of Ikorodu, Chief Kareem Ore, the Oponuwa of Ikorodu, Chief Jacob Adaraloye and Solomade of Ikorodu, Chief Afolabi Adekayaoja are the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respondents.

The claimants in the suit filed by their counsel Mr George Oguntade(SAN), are seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Oba Shotobi from parading himself as the Ayangburen.

They are also seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Oba Shotobi, the first respondent, from collecting royalties and salaries from the Lagos State Governor, and the Attorney-General as well as the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, who are the second, third and fourth respondents.

Oguntade had argued before Justice Ishola Williams that the matter before him is a fresh matter and not same with the Consent judgement delivered by Justice Habib Abiru (now of the Court of Appeal) and that delivered by Justice Savage in 2015.

They also sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the second, third and fourth respondents from paying royalties and salaries to the Ayangburen.

Mr O. Fabunmi, counsel to defendants, responding, urged the court to dismiss the claimant’s application for lack of jurisdiction and abuse of court process.

He argued that the claimants had no moral obligation to institute the action since the first respondents, like other candidates, wrote a letter of intent to contest the stool.

Though, Fabunmi admitted that Oba Shotobi was a kingmaker before his installation but stressed that there was no law that says that a kingmaker cannot contest the position of Ayangburen.

According to him, before the selection was made, all the 25 candidates that vied for the stool of Ayangburen agreed to accept the decision of the kingmakers. This, he said, explained why no other person filed any action in court against the emergence of Oba Shotobi.

Fabunmi also insisted that since Odofin participated in the selection of Oba Shotobi, the only avenue open to him is to appeal the decision of Justice Savage and not to file a new application.

Meanwhile, the Alajede case that has been on for about four years is also slated for the same court today.

The case file was returned back to the Ikorodu Judicial Division of Lagos State High Court Court by Justice Savage after his transferred to TBS High Court.

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