There appears to have been a breakthrough in the search for the next
Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as the heads of Akiogun Ruling House,
community leaders, elders and youths of Iruland have picked a former
commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development in the state,
Prince Aremo Adesegun Abiodun Oniru as the next Oniru of Iruland.
Heads of Akiogun Ruling House, community leaders (baales) of some
settlements in Iruland including Baale of Ilabare, Chief Ahmed Basorun,
Baales of Oko Kuku, Ipewun, Osolu, Alakoto, Mosafejo, Falomo, Abule Ode
amongst others unanimously agreed that Prince Adesegun Oniru should be
installed as the next Oniru of Iruland.
Others including women, youths and several residents of the area, who
were present at the venue of the declaration lent their voices to the
choice of Prince Adesegun Oniru, son of the late Oniru of Iruland, Oba
Abiodun Oniru, who died in September, 2019, as the next Oba of Iruland.
This declaration was however, preceded by a traditional rite, where
kolanuts were thrown on the floor for a sign of approval or rejection.
The traditional rite was declared positive in favour of Prince Adesegun
Oniru as the kolanuts turned to the positive side, an indication that
his tenure as Oba would be peaceful and favourable to the town.
Prince Adesegun Oniru, an engineer, and administrator was born on March
He attended Kafy Cross School, Lagos, St. Berriaden Private School,
Ibara, Abeokuta, Hall School, Sussex, England, and Stafford House
Tutorial College, England.
Adesegun Oniru also attended Waltham Forest College, U.K in 1989 and
University of Westminster, U.K in 1991.
Prince Oniru was the Managing Director of Lagos State Waterfront and
Tourism Development Corporation between 2003 and 2005, and Special
Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to Lagos State Governor in 2005.
He served as the Commissioner for Housing in Lagos State and later
Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development in the state
between 2007 and 2011.
It will be recalled that there had been wars amongst the various ruling
houses in Iruland shortly after the demise of Oba Abiodun Oniru.
Just last week, a ruling house in the area, Abisogun Family described a
report in a section of the media that the former Chief Security Officer
(CSO) to ex-governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Mr. Hakeem Ajasa has
been picked as the next Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State as fake news.
According to the family, the selection of Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent
of Police (CSP) as the next Oniru of Iruland, is kangaroo and it was not
known to the entire family.
The family said in a public notice titled; “Fake News By A Section of
Abisogun Ruling House” that the “public and all interested parties are
put on notice of the kangaroo selection of a person unknown to the
entire Oniru Family to rule over their land and fill the currently
vacant Oniru Chieftaincy stool.”
The family, who described themselves as Cheated Members of Abisogun
Ruling House, alleged in the notice that was released to the media on
Friday that being a policeman, they had information from reliable
sources that Akeem Ajasa had harassed, intimidated and threatened other
members of his ruling house.
The family insisted that from time immemorial, no member of any royal
family could impose himself on the community.