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ALHAJI ABUDU W. AKIBU & ORS V. ALHAJA MUNIRAT ODUNTAN & ORS

(2000) JELR 44018 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.43/1993  •  14 Jul 2000  •  Nigeria

Coram
SALIHU MODIBBO ALFA BELGORE JSC MICHAEL EKUNDAYO OGUNDARE JSC UTHMAN MOHAMMED JSC ALOYSIUS IYORGYER KATSINA-ALU JSC OLUFEMI AKINTOLA EJIWUNMI JSC

Judgement


OGUNDARE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This appeal relates to the long drawn tussle in the Eletu-Iwase chieftaincy title of Lagos. The last Eletu-Iwase, Bakare Gbajumo died on the 27th day of July, 1971. Since then the issue of succession to the office has become a matter of acrimony in the chieftaincy family. In consequence the Lagos State Government set up a Tribunal of Enquiry to determine the number of ruling houses entitled to present candidates for the chieftaincy. The tribunal at the end of its assignment in a report submitted by it recommended five ruling houses namely: Kumoku, Kusimi, Sajobi, Dosunmu and Erufa. It was further recommended that the next ruling house to present a candidate would be Dosunmu Ruling house. Pursuant to section 1 of the Obas and Chiefs of Lagos Edict 1975 No.2 of 1975, the Chieftaincy committee of the Lagos Island Local Government made a declaration prescribing five ruling houses as named above and the next ruling house to present a cand…

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