A Lagos State High Court, sitting in Epe, has stopped the Governor of Lagos State, BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU from installing Alaketu-elect, Adelaja Akeem, as a monarch in the Ketu area of the state.
The court also warned Akeem to desist from parading himself as the traditional ruler of the Ketu town in Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area, Epe Local Government Area of the state.
Following the death of the monarch, there have been controversies about who would succeed him.
Some princes in the town had through their counsel, Tajudeen Kotun, approached the High Court to stop Akeem from parading himself as the head and traditional ruler-elect of the community.
The applicants are Prince Adekoya Adefowora, Prince Taiwo Olayemi, and Prince Rasheed Adesanya representing the royal family.
In the suit, Sanwo-Olu, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Executive Chairman, Ikosi-Ejirin LCDA Epe Local Government Area, Mr. Adelaja Akeem, Chief Mutiu Olokodana, (The Oluwo of Ketu land), Chief Lateef Bello (The Eleku of Ketu land), and Chief Nasiriyu Tawariyu (Apena of Ketuland), were joined as first to eighth defendants respectively.
It was also learned that Akeem who is the fifth defendant in the suit was alleged to be parading himself as the next Alaketu of Ketu kingdom while the matter was still in the court of law.
Also in suit number 8925GCMW/2022, the applicants also asked the court to restrain other defendants from installing or recognizing Akeem as the Alaketu-elect because the kingship matter was still pending in the court
In his ruling, the judge, Justice S.A Olaitan, granted an interlocutory order to restrain the state and the traditional chiefs of the community from installing or recognizing Akeem as the Alaketu-Elect of Ketu town.
The court ruled, ” An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby granted restraining the first to fourth defendants (Sanwo-Olu, the two commissioners, and LCDA Chairman), whether by themselves, the agents, privies, officials, and officers howsoever called from installing or recognizing the fifth defendant as the Alaketu of Ketu-elect pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit
“An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby granted restraining the sixth to eighth defendants( the traditional chiefs of Ketu) whether, by themselves, their agents, privies, officials, and officers howsoever called from installing, recognizing and presenting the fifth defendant (Akeem) as the Alaketu of Ketu-elect to the first to fourth defendants/respondents pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
“An order of interlocutory injunction is hereby granted restraining the fifth defendant (Akeem) from parading himself as the Alaketu of Ketu-elect in whatever manner pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”