Sequel to the chieftaincy and land grabbing crisis in Okegun-Odofin area of Ibeju Lekki, the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, has recommended that the baaleship of one Mufutau Olamiji be rescinded in order for peace to be restored in the community.
The committee also recommended that the creation of Okegun-Ladedseso within the Okegun-Odofin community was an illegal exercise that cannot stand.
In a document obtained on the outcome of the public sittings on the issue by the Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho-led committee, it was gathered that the three-member team met with all the parties and stakeholders on the issue before arriving at its decision.
It would be recalled that in June, hundreds of residents of Okegun Odofin in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State had stormed the State House of Assembly to stage a peaceful protest over the baale stool of Okegun Odofin. They protested the creation of Okegun Ladeseso within the comminuty allegedly by the Onibeju of Ibeju Lekki, Oba Olusegun Salami and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji A petition from the Okegun-Odofin community urged the assembly to call to order Olamiji, who was said to have proclaimed himself as the Baale of Okegun-Ladeseso to order. It was called on the House for urgent intervention.
The petition further said that there is never a place known as Okegun-Ladeseso which Olamiji claims to be Baale in the entire stretch of Ibeju Lekki, alleging that Olamiji has the backing of the Onibeju of Ibeju-Lekki, Oba Olusegun Salami.
Consequent to the petition, the Committee had three different meetings with the parties on the issue, including, officials of the Ministry of Local Government and Community affairs, the respondents-Onibeju of Ibeju, Oba Olusegun Salami, Alhaji Raufu Otakunmaya and Prince Bayo Arase. Other invited parties were the petitioners which include, Prince Alade Ogunlana, Chief Lateef Folami Jinadu, Mr. Lateef Kamoru, the Baale of Okegun-Odofin, Chief Ismaila Ogunkoya, Olamiji, among others.
According to the committee, its findings after conducting a fair hearing to all parties include a pronounced complicity of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs in the whole episode. Read more