Ikorodu stands still for new monarch despite court order

Ayangburen of Ikorodu Oba Kabiru Shotobi

Kabiru Adewale ShotobiIndigenes of Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Saturday, celebrated the enthronement of Oba Kabiru Shotobi, as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, amidst heavy presence of security personnel.

And they made it clear they were not disobeying any court, as the event was not a coronation, but a celebration.

The King was actually coronated on August 2 according to tradition.

With armoured tanks, officers of the Nigerian Police Force, Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) and Onyaabo (a local security group), positioned at different parts of the town, the kingmakers went ahead with the ceremony which lasted till evening.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, was also seen at the Ayangburen Palace, monitoring the security situation.

The town witnessed serious traffic gridlock following the barricade of some streets around the palace by the police.

A lane on the popular Obafemi Awolowo Road in Ota Ona was blocked to traffic for the celebration.

Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, congratulated the monarch and assured him of the state’s support during his reign.

He prayed for continued peace, unity and progress for the indigenes of the town.

Comrade Ayodele Elesho, former Commissioner of Information in the state, said that the programme was not the coronation ceremony of the monarch, but to celebrate him.

Elesho, who acted as the Master of Ceremony, urged the people to disregard the information circulating around the town since Friday.

“The King was coronated on August 2, according to the tradition of the land. Talks about coronation today are belated because the Oba has already been coronated.

“Today is just to celebrate his coronation and installation of chieftaincy titles on befitting members of the community,” he said.

The Imam of Isele Mosque, Ikorodu, Alhaji Rafiu Abiodun, said that due process was followed before Shotobi emerged as the monarch.

“Shotobi performed all the traditional rites, spent 90 days at Ipebi where he was groomed according to the tradition and culture of the land,” he said.

Abiodun, who is also a member of the Coronation and Chieftaincy Committee, said that the monarch’s reign would bring advancement to the community and Lagos State.

Among the dignitaries in attendance were Jimi Benson, Representing Ikorodu Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives and Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency at the State Assembly.

Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Mr Seye Ogunleye, former Head of Service and some traditional rulers were also in attendance.

Former Governor of Lagos State, who was designated as Baba Oba of Ikorodu, was absent despite in spite of congratulatory banners mounted in different parts of the town.

Shotobi is a descendant of the Lasunwon Ruling House of Adegorushen Compound, Ajina, Ikorodu.

Justice Olabisi Ogungbesan of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja on Friday ordered that the coronation of the new Ayangburen of Ikorodu be suspended.

In her ruling, she stopped Shotobi from either “presenting himself for coronation” or “parading himself as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, or actualising any recognition thereon as such or exercising any of the Ayangburen royal functions.

Ogungbesan gave the order pending the determination of a suit filed by one Odupitan Eniola, from the Lambo branch of the Lasunwon chieftaincy family of Ikorodu Kingdom.

The Judge said that the order was “in the interest of justice.”