Appeal Court Quashes 18-Yr Suit Against Lagos Monarch

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An Appeal Court sitting in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, has upheld the ruling of a lower court confirming the appointment of Oba Fatai Aromire as Ojora of Ijoraland.

In a unanimous verdict of a three-member panel read by Justice Helen Morounkeji, the court affirmed the decision of the high court and awarded a cost of N50,000 against the appellant, Alhaja Risikat Dabiri Oreluyi.

The court, in suit number CA/L/176/2002 had said that the appointment of the then Prince Fatai Aromire as Aromire of Lagos by the state government was in line with the procedure of Customary and Chieftaincy laws of the state.

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Other members of the panel are Justices Sidi Dauda Bage and Justice Mohammed Ambusi Danjuma.

In his reaction to the verdict, Oba Fatai Aromire commended the judiciary for upholding justice, while thanking the entire residents of Ijora for their support and assured them that he will continue to protect their interest at all times.