Court summons kingmaker over vacant traditional stool.

A Lagos State High Court has ordered the appearance of the chairman, council of kingmakers of I?gbogbo, Ikorodu over conflict arising from the vacant stool of Oloja in his domain.

While ruling on an application dated May 24, filed by ?three respondents/applicants, Justice Michael Salvage held that the Chairman, Council of Kingmakers of Igbogbo was a juristic person known to law and can be sued.

The respondent/applicants, Chief Ganiu Omotayo, Alhaji Nasirudeen Oyekade and Alhaji Kolawole Jubril, had asked the court to strike out the name of the chairman, council of kingmakers of Igbogbo, on the ground that same was not a juristic person known to law and cannot be sued.

Their application was sequel to the suit filed before the court by Ismaila Osho-Ojuba, Olusanya Osho – Ojuba, Sakiru Osho – Ojuba, for themselves and as representatives of the members of Ijaolu (Osho – Ojuba) ruling house, Igbogbo.

In the suit, the State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, the State Government, the State Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affiars, Executive Secretary, Igbogbo/Baiteku Local Council Development Area and the Chairman, Council of Kingmakers were 1st to 5th respondents.

While, Omotayo, Oyekade and Jubril for themselves and on behalf of the Ijaolu Ademiye family, Elepe Village were sixth to eight respondents respectively.

The applicants are therefore asking the court for a declaration that the directives of the chairman, council of kingmakers to the 6th – 8th respondents to forward the name of candidate for approval and appointment to fill the vacant stool of Oloja of Igbogbo and the conclusion arrived at, are irregular unlawful and therefore null and void as same were not done in accordance with the provisions of the Oba and Chiefs Law of Lagos State and the relevant Chieftaincy Declarations made thereunder in respect of succession to the stool of Oloja of Igbogbo.

They are also asking for a declaration that it was the turn of applicants ruling house – Ijaolu ruling house to present candidate for approval and installation as Oloja of Igbogbo.

Besides, they are asking for an order of mandatory injunction compelling the 5th defendant to accept and approve the presentation and nomination of candidate from Ijaolu ruling house as the person entitled to be installed as the Oloja of Igbogbo.

Meanwhile, the trial judge, Salvage has been transferred from Ikorodu Division to Lagos Island Division and as a result, sent the case file to Chief judge for re-assignment to another judge within jurisdiction of the case.

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