Residents of in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Lagos Mainland alongside members of Olofin Royal Family of Isheri-Oke Church yesterday, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, stormed the premises of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s office, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, in protest.
The protesters demand the immediate intervention in ongoing ‘obaship’ traditional stool in the community in the interest of peace and development.
According to Vanguard, the protesters lamented that there had been vacuum since the demise of the last king about 18 years ago adding that successive government refused to appoint and install the heir-apparent to the stool despite several appeals and petition to both arms of government, the Executive and legislature.
During the protest, the placard carrying protesters, led by Barrister Lekan Odunsi, who was also the spokesman of the group, stormed the premises at about 10:00 am. He explained that it became expedient for the community to cry out and ventilate their grievances following what he called, “Long suffering and oppression” being perpetuated by some alleged influential persons in the state government with regard to the Obaship stool in the area.
It was gathered that the protesters barricaded the entrance to the office of the governor and state House of Assembly but were closely monitored by armed security personnel.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards reads; “All we are saying give us Olofin Chieftaincy; Isheri Oke Church deserve a king; Governor Ambode Please stop the injustice and give us our throne; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs stop embarrassing Ambode’s government among others.”
Speaking during the protest, Odunsi said: “For upward of 18 years, the government of Lagos State has consistently refused to listen or consider the yearnings of our people’s request for the approval of their Oba nowithstanding intrinsic judicial and historical facts presented to successive government.
“Our long sufferings and oppression became manifest and aggravated in recent time when the family’s Chieftaincy Declaration for the Obaship stool presented the incumbent. Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muslim Folami for the requisite approval in the last two years had been given no attention by the Ministry, hence, the request for Ambode’s and lawmakers’ intervention.”
Odunsi also lamented that the vacuum had led to the under development of the area as no leader could present their cases before the government.
The community leaders however called on Ambode and the lawmakers to find a lasting solution to the present predicament of members of the community.
“We demand that Governor Ambode to use his Executive Fiat to settle the matter.”
Responding on behalf of the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Adebisi Yusuf, representing Alimosho Constituency I, commended the peaceful manner of the protesters for good conduct and assured that the matter would be given speedy attention and appropriate action be taken.
According to him, “I can assure you that we, lawmakers will be thorough in looking at this. The house will set up a panel to investigate the matter and appropriate recommendation will be made and we shall surely invite you back as soon we arrived at a decision.”