The Head of the King Kosoko Royal Family and the Oloja of Lagos Chieftaincy Family distance themselves from the press release issued on behalf of the family on Wednesday 14th December, 2022, titled ‘Kosoko Chieftaincy Family Dispute Set To Be Resolve By State Government’.
In a statement signed by Prince Sikiru Adeoye Kosoko and Alhaja (Chief) Mutiat Ashabi Abimbola Alli-Balogun, the General Secretary and Head of Family respectively, King Kosoko Royal Family calls the attention of the public to a purported letter calling for the ratification of the valid registration declaration.
“This is also to call the attention of the authorities and the general public to a letter circulating in the name of the Kosoko Royal Family/Oloja of Lagos Chieftaincy Family calling for ratification of the valid registered declaration, a move contrary to the position of the general family and without the consent of the head of the family.
The judgment of the High and Appeal Courts being referred to in the said press releases does not in any simple language be mentioned or talk about the registered declaration of 1983.
“The judgement of the Appeal Court directed the litigant to go back to the High Court by setting aside the High Court judgment against the litigant.
“The judges in their judgment did not at any point made mention of the declaration because that was not the substance taken to the High Court and as such the Appeal Court cannot give what you did not seek for,” the family said.
It went further to state that “it is also on record that there is only one registered declaration regulating the process of ascending the stool of the Oloja of Lagos and there are no court cases of any sort against it till date.
“The litigant in October 2014 on his own made an official statement not to continue the legal process in the court of law and the report of inquiry.
“The family has an approved and unanimously accepted Alhaja (Chief) Mutiat Ashabi Abimbola Alli-Balogun as the head ( Olori Ebi ) of the family who is saddled with the responsibility to manage the affairs of the family until there is an Oloja of Lagos in place.”
The family reaffirmed that “the issue of the Omo oye (Oloja of Lagos Elect) has since been concluded by the king makers, who had rectified the Omo oye presented by the next ruling house (Akinsanya Olojo) as expressed in the only registered declaration dated 1983 in person of Prince Abiola Olojo-Kosoko from the Akinsanya Olojo Ruling House being declared as the Omo Oye Elect for the stool of the Oloja of Lagos.
The Head and the General Secretary of the King Kosoko Royal Family and the Oloja of Lagos Chieftaincy Family is using this medium to inform the general public and the Lagos State Government of the illegality being put together by some unknown persons to create unrest within the King Kosoko Royal Family/Oloja of Lagos Chieftaincy Family and to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere presently enjoyed within the Ereko, Idumota and Balogun area of Lagos Island.”