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Tinubu’s Chieftaincy on hold as Court stops  Ikorodu King’s Coronation
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu may have to wait for a while to become Chief in Ikorodu

Tinubu’s Chieftaincy on hold as Court stops  Ikorodu King’s Coronation

 

By stopping the on-going coronation ceremonies of Oba Kabiru Shotebi as the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Justice Olabisi Ogbundbesan of the Ikeja High Court has thrown spanner in the works of the festivities which shouldhave been rounded off today with the official coronation and chieftaincy titles to many prominent people including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The Ayangburen stool became vacant on August 1, 2014 after the demise of Oba S.A.A. Oyefusi, following which the former Governor of Lagos StateM Raji Fashola, SAN, announced Shotebi as the new Ayangburen. He was before the elevation the Odofin of Ikorodu.

No sooner had the appointment been made that Mr Odupitan Eniola, from the Lambo branch of the Lasunwon Chieftaincy family of Ikorodu Kingdom rushed to court to challenge the decision.

According to the Judge, she was satisfied from the evidence placed before the court that unquantifiable damages would be done if the coronation ceremony was allowed to go on as scheduled.

To this end, the court restrained the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, or “anyone acting under his authority, from going ahead on Saturday to crown the current Odofin of Ikorodu, Chief Kabiru Shotebi, as the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu Kingdom.”

Joined as respondents in the suit are: Shotebi; the Olisa/Regent of Ikorodu, Chief Zacheus Odusoga; and other kingnakers of Ikorodu Kingdom – Chief Afolabi Adekanyaoja, Chief Karimu Ore and Chief Jacob Adaraloye.

Others  were the Ikorodu Local Government, the Ikorodu Division of Council of Obas/Chiefs, the Secretary, Ikorodu Chieftaincy Committee, the Lagos State Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs, the Attorney General of Lagos and Lagos State Governor.

Eniola in the suit, had approached the court with an ex parte application praying the court to halt the scheduled coronation of Shotebi, who hailed from the Adegorushe branch of the Lasunwon chieftaincy family, as the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu Kingdom.

The applicant claimed that it was the turn of the Lambo branch of the Lasunwon chieftaincy family, from which he came from, to present the next Ayangburen, adding that he had been nominated by the family to be crowned as the new Ayangburen at meetings held on September 7 and 21, 2014.

He claimed that the Adegorushe family had already benefited after Shotebi became the Odofin of Ikorodu kindgom, following a court judgment delivered on April 1, 2009 in a suit marked IKD/57/2007.

Eniola  also stated that there was a case pending in court bordering on a dispute over the vacant stool, saying that if the coronation ceremony was allowed to go on, it will foist “a fait accompli on the honourable court.”

“The 1st respondent is making plans, during the pendency of this suit and in concert with other respondents, to organise a coronation ceremony, which is now in the advanced stage, to crown the first respondent as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu Kingdom, in a ceremony which has been scheduled to hold between 2nd and 15th August, 2015. This is in spite of this suit pending before this honourable court.

“The claimant wants the honourable court to exercise its discretion in favour of the claimant by granting this application, so as to preserve the order and judgment of this honourable court made in suit number IKD/57/2007.

“The balance of convenience is on the claimant’s side and the claimant will suffer more if the respondents are allowed to continue their acts of flagrant disregard for the orders, judgment and suits pending before the honourable court.

“I undertake to pay damages to the respondents if this application is wrongly granted,” one Prince Shakiru Shodipo, a principal member of the Lambo branch, averred in an affidavit of urgency.”

Justice Ogungbesan, in her ruling held she found merit in Eniola’s application and therefore stopped Shotebi’s coronation as prayed and adjourned the matter till August 26, 2015.

 

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