Monarch, Local Council Lock Horns Over Control Of Market
The battle line appears drawn between one of the first class monarchs in Lagos, Ojan of Ejigbo, Oba Moruf Adisa Ojoola, and the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
The battle is over the control of one of the markets in the LCDA, Ifoshi market.
The Oba had been collecting proceeds from the market since it was established some few years ago.
But the LCDA now demands to take control of the market, a move that has been resisted by the monarch.
Bounce News gathered that officials sent by the LCDA to erect an office in the market for the effective control were assaulted by one of the palace chiefs last week.
It was further learnt that the chief also allegedly pounced on the LCDA Chairman, Monsurudeen Bello who accompanied the officials on a second vist to the market to erect the office.
The action of the chief, who was acting on behalf of the Oba, was said to have infuriated residents of the area and traders in the market.
They took to the streets on Monday with placards to denounce the Oba and the chief.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: ''Take your hands off Ejigbo Market”, “Is your monarch more powerful than the government?”, to mention a few.
The protesters accused the Oba of selling 42 plots of land initially meant for the construction of a wider market in Ejigbo.
They demanded for an outright handing over of the market proceedings to Bello.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, a renowned international artiste, Jelili Atiku who is the President of Ejigbo Indigene Forum and also the Chairman, Board of Trustee, Ejigbo Unity Forum stated that the matter should be taken seriously so as to ensure that the Ejigbo market is in peace.
He noted that they want Ejigbo LCDA to take total control of the market from Oba Ojoola.
Some of the protesters who spoke to Bounce News explained that the protest is to pass a message across that “we do not want the Oba to control the market again.''
Addressing the protesters, the Vice Chairman of the LCDA, Olatunde Olusunmade, told them that their demands would be looked into.
He assured them that the Chairman would see to their demands and settle the matter accordingly.
He however, advised the protesters not to turn the peaceful demonstrations into a violent one.
Reacting to the protest, Oba Ojoola denied that any of his chiefs attacked anybody.
The Oba, who is preparing to celebrate his 20th year on the throne, told Bounce News on phone that he was one of those who invested and developed the market over the years and would not do anything to disrupt activities in the market.
He said all parties are already talking in order to resolve the matter.
Bounce News gathered that the DPO of the area has summoned council officials, the Oba and other parties for a meeting to resolve the crisis.
Despite police intervention, the issue has precipitated tension at the popular market.
A visit by our correspondent to the market revealed that there is still tension in the market as most traders were not sure what the outcome will be.
Some of those who spoke with our correspondent said this was not the first time the council had attempted to take over the market from the monarch.
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