Ifa chose me, not kingmakers – Lagos monarch tells court

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The Onibeju of Ibeju-Lekki, Oba Rafiu Olusegun Salami, on Monday told a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere that he was chosen as king in 2000 by Ifa Oracle and not by kingmakers.

Salami, who said this while testifying under a subpoena, said this during cross-examination before Justice K. O. Dawodu in a suit filed by Prince Taofeek Adegboyega Odukoya, challenging his ascension to the throne.

The claimant is asking for a declaration that the government’s approval of Salami as Onibeju in 2007 contravened the Customary Law of Ibejuland and the Obas and Chiefs Law of Lagos State and was therefore void.

Odukoya asked for a declaration that he was nominated by the Ladeso Ruling House and recommended for installation as Onibeju by the kingmakers.

He is also seeking, among others, an order that the fifth, sixth and seventh defendants are ineligible to be installed as Onibeju and should be perpetually restrained from interfering with Customary and Statutory Law relating to the Onibeju’s installation.

Salami, under cross-examination from fifth defendant’s counsel, Chief Babatunde Oshilaja, said he was chosen by the Odimoro Fraternity from a pool of eight candidates for the throne.

He said he was a member of Ladeso ruling house on his mother’s side, but that he does not know whether the ruling house was patrilineal or matrilineal.

Justice Dawodu adjourned the case till May 26 for ruling and for continuation of trial.

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