Court affirms Oba Shotobi as Ayangburen of Ikorodu

A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikorodu has affirmed Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi as the Ayangburen of Ikoroduland.

The court presided by Justice Olushola Williams dismissed the suit brought before it seeking to restrain Oba Shotobi from parading himself as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu after taking the submissions of counsels in the matter.

Delivering ruling in the matter, Justice Williams declined to neither grant any of the claimants’ requests nor determine any of the issues raised for determination of the court.

Three Princes of Ikorodu, Tajudeen Odofin, Tayo Ladega and Gbolahan Onabanjo had filed the suit challenging the installation of Oba Shotobi as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu.

Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikoroduland.

The claimants in the suit filed through their counsel. Mr George Oguntade (SAN) had sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Oba Shotobi from parading himself as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu.

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They also prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction to restrain Oba Shotobi, who is the first respondent, from collecting royalties and salaries from the governor of Lagos State, the Attorney General of Lagos State and the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, who are the second, third and fourth respondents respectively.

They further sought an order of interlocutory injunction from the court restraining the second, third and fourth respondents from dealing with or according any recognition or paying royalties and salaries to the first respondent as the Ayangburen of Ikorodu among other prayers.

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Other respondents in the suit are the Lisa of Ikorodu, Chief Zaccheus Odusoga, the Apena of Ikorodu, Chief Kareem Ore, the Oponuwa of Ikorodu, Chief Jacob Adaraloye and Solomade of Ikorodu, Chief Afolabi Adekayaoja as fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respondents respectively.
But in her ruling, Justice Williams held that the principles of ‘res judicata’ are against the claims of the claimants in the matter.

According to her, the prayers which the claimants were seeking from the court have already been determined and answered in an earlier suit in which her learned brother, Justice Akintunde Savage delivered judgement in 2015.

Justice Williams listed all the issues determined in the judgement delivered by Justice Savage two years ago.

She held that there was no basis for the court to grant fresh orders in a matter that has already been determined by a court.

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