by OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu yesterday told a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja High that his selection and ascendancy to the throne is being challenged because he declined the request of claimants in the suit to succeed him.
He told the court at resumed hearing of the case that his reign as the Oba of Lagos followed the age-long traditional customs and traditions.
The Oba, who was testifying in a suit filed by two members of the Lagos royal family, Prince Adedoyin Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, said by the native law and customs of the state, he is the bonafide Oba of Lagos.
The two men had challenged Akiolu’s installation as the Oba, claiming that he is not entitled to the throne because he is not a member of a ruling royal family by not being a direct descendant of Oba Ado, the first Oba of Lagos.
According to the claimants only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling households were entitled to the throne.
Adebiyi and Modile also alleged that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when he was appointed as Oba in May 2003.