1st December, 2010
Banking on the recent elevation of high ranking chiefs of Lagos to the status ofÂ Oba, the Ashogbon of Lagos, Chief Ahmed Olaribigbe Karim-Akasoro, has appealed toÂ 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 OnikoyiÂ of Ikoyi/Imobaland and Elegushi of Lagos promoted Oba Elegushi of Ikateland, theÂ Ashogbon of Lagos said that he has important documents to back his claim thatÂ Barigaland belongs to the Ashogbon chieftaincy family.
In a letter addressed to Oba Akiolu by his lawyer, Lookman Agboola of Abegbe AgboolaÂ Chambers, his plea for elevation as oba of Bariga should be considered in view ofÂ the Lagos State governmentâ€™s policy that owners of the land should becomeÂ traditional rulers of their areas and not slaves or occupants lording it over theirÂ masters.
He said the ownership of Barigaland has historical and legal backing, adding it wasÂ once disputed and resolved by the Supreme Court in suit number AD/123/59, betweenÂ Chief Imam Ashafa B. Tijani and Oloto Chieftaincy Family versus Chief Ashogbon andÂ six others, on behalf of Ashogbon chieftaincy family.
â€œAshogbon chieftaincy family is the owner of Abule Okuta, Seriki, Apelehin villagesÂ and environs. The judgement in suit AD/123/59 settled the ownership in favour of myÂ family,â€ Chief Karim-Asasoro said.
In another suit number HK/97/61 between Lamidi Suberu and others (on behalf ofÂ customary tenants in the three villages) versus the Honourable Minister of Lands andÂ Housing, the three traditional rulers said they were customary tenants of AshogbonÂ in the three villages and that they instituted the action for the crops in respectÂ of 40 acres of land acquired from Ashogbon in the said villages.