The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, on Monday appeared at an Ikeja high court to answer to a suite challenging his position as the traditional ruler of the state.
Oba Akiolu who was accompanied to the court by 10 white cap chiefs said that he had come to justify his appointment as the bona fide Oba of Lagos having been installed 14 years ago.
The Oba’s installation is being challenged by Adedoyin Adebiyi and Rasheed Modile, two members of the Lagos royal family. The duo claimed that Akiolu is not entitled to the throne because he is not a member of the ruling royal family nor a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first Oba of Lagos. They argued that proper procedures were not followed when Akiolu was appointed Oba in 2003 since only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemonyin ruling houses are entitled to ascend the throne.
Oba Akiolu, however, denied the claim that Akiolu royal family was not one of the ruling houses because it did not exist. “I want to make it clear that a royal family and ruling house means the same thing,” the Oba posited.