Oba Akiolu Urges Federal Government to Return Properties it Forcefully Took From Lagos State
The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, has urged the Federal Government to return properties it forcefully took from Lagos State.
He has also asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to use his office to help Lagos retrieve its properties.
Oba Akiolu made the plea when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led the Speaker and his deputy, Idris Wase, on a visit to the palace at the weekend.
The traditional ruler said, “We have a catalogue of requests from the Federal Government, from special status for the state to the return of all properties belonging to the Lagos Government which were taken away by military fiat. We want the properties to be returned to us.
“I have documents in my possession, which date back as far as 1800s, showing the ownership of all the property from CMS Grammar School to the First Bank building in Lagos. These properties are needed for the improvement of our people.”
Receiving the Speaker at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu described Gbajabiamila’s election as a great feat for the state.
“We know that you will work for the good of the country,” he said.
“We’re happy that as a Lagosian, you are the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This means a lot to us in the state.
Responding, the Speaker promised to be fair to every Nigerian in his administration of the House of Representatives.
The Speaker promised better collaboration between the Federal and Lagos State government, saying so much is expected of Sanwo-Olu to deliver the dividend of democracy.