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After 16 Years, Court Affirms Akiolu As Bonafide Lagos King

After 16 Years, Court Affirms Akiolu As Bonafide Lagos King

Lagos High Court validates Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu’s right as king

Funsho Akinwale

Oba Rilwan Akiolu, after 15 years of litigation trailing the throne, was on Friday, March 29, 2019, confirmed as the bonafide Lagos King by the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Justice Adebowale Candide-Johnson, in his two-hour ruling and considering evidences before the court, declared that His Royal Highness, Oba Akiolu, had a rightful claim to the throne.

Justice Adebowale, while addressing the court, said the petitioners had claimed to have the report Solanke Tribunal submitted in 1976 which stated that the seat of the oba is by rotation, but none of the petitioners could produce the report In court.

"The claimants failed to provide concrete of credible evidence of the alleged rotation of the two ruling houses.

"The claimants claimed Akiolu’s branch of the Ologun Kutere line has gone into extinction. The third defendant (Akiolu) in his evidence was able to trace the lineage of his stool.

"The evidence of the claimant’s witnesses were full of contradictions. From the totality of the evidence before the court, I hereby pronounce His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, as the valid legitimate Oba of Lagos. The case of the claimants is hereby dismissed,” Candide-Johnson held.

Recall that Prince Rasheed Modile and Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi, both from Akinsemoyi’s Ruling House of Lagos, had on May 30, 2003 challenged Akiolu's claim to the throne.

They both claimed they had the right to contest the stool after the death of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan in 2003. But then they lost the race to Akiolu, whom they said had no right to the throne.

After the hearing, Akiolu said: "I am here to justify my appointment, you cannot build something on nothing, it will be broken.

"By native law and customs and by law, I am the bonafide Oba of Lagos,” Akiolu declared.