The Lagos State High Court has dismissed a suit seeking to declare that Rilwan Akiolu’s appointment and installation as the Oba of Lagos was null and void.
The suit was filed by two members of the Lagos ruling house, Prince Sammy Adebiyi and Prince Rasheed Modile, who claimed that Akiolu is not from a royal family and not a descendant of the first Oba of Lagos, Oba Ado,
Adebiyi and Modile, therefore, claimed that Akiolu is not entitled to the throne and that proper customary rules and procedures were not followed when he was appointed as Oba in May 2003.
According to the claimants, only members of the Ologun Kutere and Akinsemoyin ruling houses are entitled to the throne.
The court, presided by Justice Candide-Johnson noted that the court does not have the powers to upturn the long-established custom of over 200 years for enthroning the Oba of Lagos, adding that where a statute has given jurisdiction to the tribunal to adjudicate on, the high court shall only assume a supervisory role.