By Ifeanyi Okolie
Residents of the Imoore and Kirikiri communities in the Oriade Local Council Development Area in Lagos State have praised the measures of the Imoore and Apapa Alahun Oba Taofeeq Adegboyega to restore sanity in the Kirikiri community. calling on the Lagos State High Court to address the confusion caused by the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, insisting that Cheif Babalola Shabi, is still the Baale of Kirikiri City.
The Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs had issued a report on March 10, 2021, which has since been described as frivolous, partial and unacceptable by the residents of the Imoore and Kirikiri communities, as they alleged that Some officials of the Ministry had created by their own choice two ruling houses, Agunbiade and Folami, ruling houses of the city of Kirikiri, which did not exist. A move they have since said has thrown the entire Kirikiri community into disarray, as one Anthony Folami has been exhibiting as the Baale of Kirikiri city.
Meanwhile, Oba Taofeeq Adegboyega, who is the supreme ruler of the Lagos State cities of Imoore, Kirikiri, Apapa and Awodi-Ora, installed on July 18, 2020 a chief Babalola Shabi, a real estate mogul and expert in Security, who is an indigenous person from Lagos State and has also resided in the Kirikiri community for more than 40 years, as Baale of Kirikiri city, after he was appointed by members of the Kirikiri Community Development Association, CDA , its old and young, respectively.
Oriade’s LCDA also issued an office certificate to Chief Shabi, after they investigated and found that he met all the requirements, making him eligible for the stool. It was learned that a few months after its installation and certification by the Oriade LCDA, some members of the Igunniko brotherhood, which has a shrine on the Agunbide axis of Kirikiri Town, were displeased with the handover of Chief Shabi because he is not a member of their brotherhood. Instead of going to court, they allegedly wrote a misleading petition to the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs and a committee was created that has a member of the Folami family.
Some members of the Kirikiri CDA who spoke lamented that the committee has become a court of law by stating that there are two ruling houses in Kirikiri city, so there is no ruling house community and there are also records, in Ojo and Amuwo. Odofin’s local government secretariats prove it. They highlighted that the panel discarded all evidence and documents presented to it, indicating that the city of Kirikiri belongs to the Kingdom of Imoore and that Alahun of Imoore and Apapa has the supreme ruler who has sole responsibility for appointing and installing the Baale. from the city of Kirikiri.
They stated that all efforts to make the panel understand that the late Baale from the city of Kirikiri was nominated as my members of the Kirikiri CDA, as the community is a cosmopolitan city and its residents are not mostly indigenous, who bought their properties owned by the Imoores family. Before they were installed by the Alahun of Imoore, they fell on deaf ears and the panel went on to issue a report trying to tear the community apart.
A member of Kirikiri CDA, Taiwo Wasiu, who spoke with a journalist about the development, said; “The Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, through its report, tried to create a big problem in the city of Kirikiri.
They created ruling houses that were not in vogue in the community and the person they recommended to be the Baale is causing trouble in the community.
How the heck can you classify families that came to a community in the same way that all other residents came to a ruling house when they have no ancestral roots in that community? The so-called Agunbiade and Folami families rented their lands, on which they built their houses to the Cardoso and Shokunbi families, who also bought their lands from the Alahuns of Imoore and are tenants like any other resident.
The panel did not even identify the Cardosos and Shokunbi families as government houses which are even the people who bought directly from the Imoore family, then they identified Agunbiade and Folami who rented their land to the Cardosos and Shokunbi families as ruling houses.
We wonder where they got that idea from. While we were on the panel, we presented several documents showing that these people are tenants like any other resident of Kiri Kiri City, but they looked the other way and made a frivolous report that is currently solving problems in Kirikiri City. Even the man, Anthony Folami, who was recommended to become Baale, is not even a lake. He is from the Bida area of Niger state and has no home in the city of Kirikiri.
The only link he has with the Kirikiri community is only the Igunniko Guild and its Shirin. But Chief Shabi is a Kirikiri resident who has invested heavily and served the community in various capacities, including as its Chief of Security, where he made several enemies in the cause of fighting crime.
The CDA and our community elders are pleased that the Alahun of Imore has gone to court to address the situation and as it stands Chief Shabi is still the only Baale we have in the city of Kirikiri and Anthony Folami can go and get your crown and certificate from wherever you want. He affirmed.