Tension mounts as Court determines legality of Oloto of Otto Palace break-in – Rights Monitors

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The Lagos High Court sitting in Sabo will on Friday December 16th determine the legality or otherwise of the break-in into the Oloto of Otto Palace at Otto via Iddo in Lagos Mainland Local Government area.
In the case filed against by the Erufa branch of the Baalo Ruling House against the two leading candidates Murisiku Fasinro and Babatunde Shittu with the Executive Governor of Lagos state , Babjide Sanwoolu , Attorney General, Chairman Lagos Mainland LGA and others joined as parties before Justice Ashade of the Lagos High Court ,Senior Counsel representing the 8th and 9th defendants L.B Shopeyin in the case had deposed to a ninety-eight paragragh affidavit challenging the legality of the midnight break-in into the palace on November 18th 2022 in a show orchestrated by the Local government and the office of the Chief of staff to the government and Special adviser to the state governor among other Lagos state officials that made the palace of the Oloto of Otto to be breached against the standing injunction issued by the Lagos High Court on July 1st 2019 in the same suit. The said ruling delivered by Justice Harrison (Mrs) sealed the Oloto of Otto Palace and urged all parties to maintain status quo antebellum.

The Baalo Oloto Family is said to have rejected the illegal imposition of Bashiru Oloto and is united in its quest for justice. The larger Oloto family is also weary of the implications of the imposition as it will disrupt the peaceful rotation currently enjoyed by the Oloto family.

Rights Monitors gathered that the lawyer to the State governor and Attorney General ,Barr. Tobi Ope however deposed to twenty-one paragraph counter affidavit at the last sitting on November 28th 2022. The state government averred in the said affidavit that it wasn’t a party to the break-in into the palace and claimed it was not aware of the midnight installation of one Bashiru Oloto on November 21st 2022.

The state government having now washed its hands clean of the illegality may have paved the way for the law to take its course at the slated date for ruling on the matter on Friday December 16th 2022. It will be a landmark and a test case for the institution of justice in Lagos state. The court will be forced to take a stand whether the law still holds water in Lagos state and whether the pronouncement of court orders are not just arbitrary sayings to be disregarded by anxious state officials who had the audacity to openly flout and break the order of court and celebrated their imagined success backed by the machinery of the state government.



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