By Ajibola Abayomi,
February 9, 2019.
On Wednesday, Ashade Royal Family of Ogba, Lagos State, the owners of Agidingbi Land faulted the Supreme Court ruling being brandished by members of one Akinole-Oshiun Family ceding a total 398 acres of the landed property in the community in its faviour.
The development recently caused disquiet in the community as the plaintiff intensified efforts to enforce the ruling.
Following this, the state government had instituted a legal action against the judgement and its beneficiaries laying claims to parts of the land.
Prior to that, the Baale of Agidingbi, Chief Ganiyu Ayinde Haruna and other prominent indigines of the community staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly last week asking the government to interfere on the matter.
The protester said they were never served any court notice to partake in the matter as stakeholders before the ruling was delivered.
Addressing the media, Prince Bisi Ashade, Secretary of Ashade Family said the ruling was obtained without due process.
He said his people had already commenced process to challenge it through its lawyers.
Speaking at the Ashade Ruling Compound, he urged the affected people in the community ‘who could traced their possession through Ashade Royal Family’ not to have any dealing with the so-called Akinole-Oshiun family or any other persons (s) excerpt through the solicitors of Ashade Royal Family, stating anyone who go against the advice, does so at his or her peril.
He argued that the name Akinole-Oshiun was never part of the descendants of the owners of Agidingbi.
‘Abore, our great for father migrated from Ife in 1834 and had two wives, one from Ota and the other from Isheri.
‘The one from Isheri begat Oshiun and she died in 1958 at age of 110 without a child. We knew where she was buried in our town which was unknown those laying claims to what does belong to them.
‘The other wife from Ota had four kids namely Ashade, Dada Awori, Iroko and Omoshehin. While Ashade was a male that inherited the land and the throne as the eldest from child from his mum, Oshiun as female died childless.
‘With that, she could not lay claim to the land or throne thereafter because she had not child. So the name Akiole-Oshiun as family does not exist as descendant of Ashade as a family. Only Oshiun was known to us.’
Prince Bisi stated that ownership of the disputed land had been settled by the ‘Supreme Court judgement in O.K.O Mogaji Vs Cadbury Nigeria Limited & ORS reported in 1985, NWLR pt 7 p.393 and the recent decision of High Court of Lagos state suit No. ID/1735/95, Oluwole O. Opayemi Vs Wole Esan delivered on the 5th December 2003.’
The secretary explained that the ruling of the courts had confirmed the royal family as traditional and radical owners of land starting from Agege, covering the whole of Ogba, Agidingbi, Alausa, (Abule Tapa), Abule George, Abule Fagba, Davies Farm, Randle Farm and Abule Taylor forming the boundaries with Oregun formerly Eregun and up to Shangisha and sharing boundaries with Isheri.
Other judicial pronouncements he cited in favour of the family included, suit NO. 128/1890-Alli Vs Ashade on 10th February 1890, Suit No 75/1918-Ashade Vs Dada Okin, Suit No. SC/69/68-Ministry of lands Western Nigerian Vs Azikiwe & Ors and suit No ID/1753/93-Oluwole Olarenwaju Opayemi Vs Wole Esan delivered on 5th December 2003 by Hon. Justice A.J Coker (Mrs).
Present at the press conference were regent of Ogbaland, Prince Jelili Omokunle Ashade, Prince Sikiru Adayo, Etu of Ogba, Prince Oyewole Ashade, Alhaja Tawakalitu Ashade, Chief Imam of Ogba, Alhaji Rafiu Salau Ashade, Prince Babs Fashina Ashade and other prominent members of Ashade Ruling House.