Monarch urges Ambode to enforce apex court judgment

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

The Oniba of Iba kingdom, Oba Yushau Goriola Oseni and the Oniba Chieftaincy family have urged the Lagos State government to ensure compliance with a Supreme Court judgment on the ownership of their land at Ilemba Awori and Ilemba Hausa communities in Ojo town.

A petition dated April 18, 2017 and sent to Lagos State government through their counsel, Adetunji Orisalade, they urged government not to encourage the conversion of their land by the Elete family, since the state government through its Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs were defendants in the suit numbers LD/1219/1974, FCA/L/108/79 and SC.24/1983, which was decided in Oniba’s favour by the Supreme Court in 1984.

The petition was titled: ‘Unlawful act of invasion, and forceful occupation of Ilemba Awori town by the Elete family members and attempt to cause breach of peace.’

Orisalade said Iba town received the information that government had granted Elete family an approval for the installation of Elete as an Oba, adding that government also relinquished the two communities’ as territories to the communities.

According to the petition, the said communities traditionally belong to the Oniba of Iba in which he has always installed a traditional ruler (bale) in pursuance of the Oniba’s family ownership right over it.

He said the Elete family is though landowners among the clusters of communities, but their land is domiciled in the riverine.Orisalade recalled how the Elete family once sued the Oniba of Iba over ownership of the said communities but were repeatedly defeated as the case dragged through the High Court until it was struck out at the Supreme Court in February 27, 1984.

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