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Family Protests Over Installation of New Oniru in Lagos


One of the ruling houses in Iruland, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Omowumi Abisogun Oniru cheiftaincy family, has rejected Oba Abdulwasiu Gbolahan Lawal, as the new Oniru of Iruland.

The family claimed that Lawal was neither a member of their family nor qualified to be the Oniru. They called on the federal government to prevail on the Lagos State government to reverse Lawal’s installation as Oba and choose one of them as the king of Iruland.

The Abisogun Oniru Ruling Family made the appeal during a protest yesterday, (Monday) at Igbosere High Court of Lagos.

Lawal, a former Commissioner of Agriculture in Lagos State, was installed as the king of Iruland on Sunday, by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Speaking during the protest, the head of the Omowunmi Abisogun Oniru ruling house, 88 year- old Alhaji Surajudeen Durosinmi, said they rejected Gbolahan Lawal, as the new Oniru installed by the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, because he is not part of their ruling house.

Durosimin said the entire family of Abisogun ruling house of Oniru descendants is next in line in the kingship stool.

He said “the entire family of Abisogun ruling house of Oniru descendants as the next in line ruling house unanimously reject the imposition of Wasiu Gbolahan Lawal as the Oniru of Iruland by Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in contravention of the enabling laws providing for the appointment of ‘Next in Line’ in succession to the Oniru Chieftaincy stool and the customary law regulation selection to the Oniru chieftaincy of Lagos of September 14, 1993”.


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