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Court declines pronouncement on Igbo-Efon Obaship dispute

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A Lagos State High Court has declined jurisdiction and recused itself from a suit seeking to determine the founders and legitimate Obaship stool of Igbo-Efon community Eti-Osa, located at Lekki-Epe axis of Lagos State.

The court presided over by Justice G. A. Safari of the Lagos Judicial division of the court made this known on the 5th of November, 2020 while delivering judgement in a fundamental Human Rights Enforcement Suit filed by some members of the community.

The suit had Kehinde Morufu Abogun, Jelili Moruf Agobun, Adulahi Abogun, Atiku Abogun as applicants.

Other applicants were Shamsudeen Abogun, Murisiku Abogun, Lawal Abogun, Surajudeen Apena, Ganiyu Toibu, Idris Apena, Sodiq Abogun, Musa Jinadu; all accounting for the first to twelfth applicants in the suit.

The applicants had dragged the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCIID), Ibrahim Olukolu, Musbau Olukolu, Wale Olukolu, Nafiu Olukolu, Firidu Jinadu, Moslemi Jinadu, Fatai Jinadu, Moses Jinadu, Sharafa Jinadu and Yusuf Jinadu; as the first to twelfth respondents respectively.

However, despite recusing itself from the suit in part, the court made a further order, restraining the Lagos State Commissioner of Police from arresting, detaining any member of those celebrating the Abogun/Yemoja day in Igbo-Efon, of Lagos State except in accordance with the law.
According to the judgment obtained by newsman, Justice Safari considered that since the issue of Obaship and founder are highly contentious issue, he would not make any catergorical finding on it, thereby declining to hear those issue.

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