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Ruling family asks EFCC to investigate Oniru monarch

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
10 November 2020   |   4:08 am
The Omowunmi Abisogun ruling house of Iruland, Lagos has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, the Oniru of Iruland...

The Omowunmi Abisogun ruling house of Iruland, Lagos has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, the Oniru of Iruland over alleged misappropriation of family properties. 
   
Alhaji Surajudeen Durosimi, the head of the Omowunmi Abisogun ruling house made the call while addressing newsmen in Lagos.
   
He alleged that the Oniru of Iruland is making efforts to misappropriate properties belonging to the Oniru family. 
   


According to him, historically and traditionally, the principal members of the Oniru family are the custodians of the heritage and properties through the management committee comprising all three ruling houses. 
   
“The Chieftaincy Family Property Company Limited derives its legitimacy from the Power of Attorney unanimously donated on June 3, 1993.
   
“The Power of Attorney is registered as No. 78 of page 78 in Volume 1942 of the Register of Deeds at the Lands Registry, Ikeja, Lagos State,” he said.  
   
The head of the ruling house noted that the Oniru of Iruland had through his attorneys, issued a legal notice dated October 19, 2020 to revoke the 1993 Power of Attorney. 
   
The legal notice had purportedly ordered that all transactions relating to properties belonging to the Oniru family be directed to the Oniru Chieftaincy Family Estate Office located in Victoria Island, Lagos. 
   

Durosimi said: “No Oniru of Iruland can single-handedly take decisions that affect the three ruling houses.The essence of this is to create checks and balances and to avoid impunity, abuse of power and subversion of due process.
   
“The stool of the obaship is separate and distinct from the head of the Oniru Chieftaincy family. The public should discountenance and disregard the public notice purportedly authored by BA law firm on the revocation of the Power of Attorney. 
   
“We are calling on the relevant anti-corruption agencies – the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to start the immediate investigation of the financial dealings of the monarch with respect to Oniru property.”
   
Recall that after the passing of Oba Idowu Oniru on September 19, 2019, Oba Lawal was crowned the 15th monarch of Iruland.