Chief Seeks Elevation To Oba’ s Status


Banking on the recent elevation of high ranking chiefs of Lagos to the status of  Oba, the Ashogbon of Lagos, Chief Ahmed Olaribigbe Karim-Akasoro, has appealed to  the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu 1, to elevate him as oba of Bariga.

Cited the Ojora, now the Oba of Ijora/Iganmu; the Onikoyi, elevated to Oba Onikoyi  of Ikoyi/Imobaland and Elegushi of Lagos promoted Oba Elegushi of Ikateland, the  Ashogbon of Lagos said that he has important documents to back his claim that  Barigaland belongs to the Ashogbon chieftaincy family.

In a letter addressed to Oba Akiolu by his lawyer, Lookman Agboola of Abegbe Agboola  Chambers, his plea for elevation as oba of Bariga should be considered in view of  the Lagos State government’s policy that owners of the land should become  traditional rulers of their areas and not slaves or occupants lording it over their  masters.

He said the ownership of Barigaland has historical and legal backing, adding it was  once disputed and resolved by the Supreme Court in suit number AD/123/59, between  Chief Imam Ashafa B. Tijani and Oloto Chieftaincy Family versus Chief Ashogbon and  six others, on behalf of Ashogbon chieftaincy family.

“Ashogbon chieftaincy family is the owner of Abule Okuta, Seriki, Apelehin villages  and environs. The judgement in suit AD/123/59 settled the ownership in favour of my  family,” Chief Karim-Asasoro said.

In another suit number HK/97/61 between Lamidi Suberu and others (on behalf of  customary tenants in the three villages) versus the Honourable Minister of Lands and  Housing, the three traditional rulers said they were customary tenants of Ashogbon  in the three villages and that they instituted the action for the crops in respect  of 40 acres of land acquired from Ashogbon in the said villages.

—Moyo Fabiyi

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