VI residents accuse Oniru of land grabbing, want him to be dethroned
The residents called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dethrone the monarch and charge him to court.
Victoria Island residents have written a petition against the monarch accusing him of land grabbing and forceful invasion of developed and underdeveloped lands within Oniru estate.
The residents also accused the monarch of using thugs and miscreants to abduct persons found on construction sites and detain them illegally in his palace.
Describing the monarch’s actions as illegal, the residents called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dethrone and charge him to court.
The petition reads, “This Oba has been forcefully invading, hijacking and grabbing developed and undeveloped lands within the Estate, with the use of thugs and miscreants (bearing charms, machetes, guns and other dangerous weapons).
“He has constituted himself into a parallel government and has vested himself with the authority to be the investigator, prosecutor, judge and enforcer over our properties by invading and sealing off legally and validly purchased properties without recourse to the protections afforded us by the laws of Lagos State and Nigeria.
“Legitimate owners are now being harassed, intimidated and beaten up. In the spirit of running a parallel government, the so-called Oba is also abducting persons found on construction sites and illegally detaining them at the palace.
“This ugly development has brought about a sense of insecurity in a once safe and peaceful community. We are now worried about the safety of our lives, properties and investments as we now find ourselves in a situation where the new Oba has assumed executive, judiciary and legislative functions.
“Please help residents as they call on the president of Nigeria to dethrone and charge to court the illegitimate Oba. They need your signature and support. The power of unity, peace, and progress through this petition can restore peace to the town. Sign and share if you believe in the power of you.
“Please sign and share the Petition for President Muhammadu Buhari and world leaders to intervene in the illegal installation, criminality and violence of Gbolahan Lawal as king of Oniru Kingdom in Lagos, Nigeria.”
Lawal, who was a former Commissioner for Agriculture in Lagos was installed as the Oniru of Iruland in June following the demise of his predecessor Oba Abiodun Idowu Oniru.
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