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Protest rocks Iruland as group reject new Oba in Lagos

One of the ruling houses in Iruland, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Omowumi Abisogun Oniru ruling family, has rejected the installation of Oba Abdulwasiu Gbolahan Lawal, as the new Oniru of Iruland, on the ground that he is not a member of their family.

During a protest at Igbosere High Court of Lagos, Abisogun Oniru ruling Family appealed to the Federal Government to prevail on the Lagos State Government to reverse the installation of Lawal as the king of Oniru.

The newly installed king, Lawal, former Commissioner of Agriculture in Lagos State was installed as the king of Iruland on Sunday, by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Speaking on the alleged illegal installation, the head of the Omowunmi Abisogun Oniru ruling house, 88 years old, Alhaji Surajudeen Durosinmi, said they reject Gbolahan Lawal, as the new Oniru installed by the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, because is not part of their ruling house.

Durosinmi said the entire Family of Abisogun ruling house of Oniru descendants are next in line in the kingship stool.

The Octogenarian also stated that the ruling Family will be taking the matter to court.

In the litigation that was filed, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, the Secretary of lru/Victoria Island Local Government and the Attorney General of Lagos State were all served as a defendants alongside other parties and all of them filed conditional appearance which case is yet to be heard.

Lawyer to the aggrieved family, Cornelius Nwachukwu, described the action of the state governor on installation of Oba Agbolahan Lawal, as ‘executive recklessness’, saying that the Governor went ahead despite knowing that there is a pending suit against installation of new Oniru.

The suit number LD/6681/JCMW/ 2020, is before Justice Owolabi Dabiri of Lagos State High Court, Igbosere

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