Some residents of Oniru Private Estate in Lagos State have called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call Oba Abdul Wasiu Lawal to order over his alleged actions within the Estate.
This was contained in a public letter directed to the governor and published on page 10 of The PUNCH of Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
In the letter entitled, ‘Open Letter to Mr Governor’ and signed by ‘Concerned Residents of Oniru Private Estate’, the residents said before the coronation of Oba Lawal last month, there had been no issues in the relatively “peaceful and harmonious” estate and “no one has challenged our titles to their properties until now”.
Addressing the governor, the resident stated, “Sir, the Oniru Chieftaincy Family is the beneficiary of the Certificate of Occupancy No. 83/83/1991AW dated 30th December 1991 and it was from the Family that we all derived our title. We reiterate that there had been no issues regarding the title to our various properties, until the surprising emergence of the present Oba of Iruland (Oba Abdul Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal).
“It is unlawful, uncustomary and illegal for the new Oba to be challenging the acts of his predecessors from which we derive our proprietary rights.
His predecessors acted pursuant to the authority of the Family as a whole. More so, sealing up of properties within Lagos State is an executive action that can only be done by your office or its agents/personnel pursuant to existing laws and/or a court order.
The Oba is neither an agent of your office acting pursuant to existing law which permits him to seal up any premises nor is he acting pursuant to any court order. The Oba’s actions are illegal.