The Lagos State Government has affirmed Chief Anthony Folami as Baale of Kirikiri in the Oriade Local Council Development Area, (LCDA).
The government said its decision followed “painstaking deliberation and examination of the Obas and Chiefs Law, and Customary Law of the community (Kirikiri).”
It directed the Chairman of the LCDA, (Mrs.) Ramotalai A.O Hassan, to implement the decision and recognise Folami as the Baale.
It also said a full-fledged committee set up on the matter identified two ruling houses as those eligible to produce a candidate for the stool.
These are the Agunbiade and Folami ruling houses.
The two ruling houses had petitioned the government against a certain Babalola Shabi.
The petitioners, through their lawyers Taiwo Lakanu &co, affirmed they were the legitimate royal families and traced their ancestry to chief Tumbulu who became the first Baale of Kirikiri Town in 1893.
The ruling houses accused Shabi of usurping the stool despite not being from a ruling family.
Shabi, they alleged, “wandered into Ebute (waterside) area of Kirikiri Town to make a living by assisting sand dredgers and sand buyers to load sand into tippers”.
During this time, Shabi met Gilbert Cardoso, who was from one of the land-owning families in Kirikiri.
Cardoso reportedly took him in “and accommodated as an errand boy”.
During his lifetime, Cardoso was said to have leased swathes of land to certain Chiefs Mosheshe and Akhere.
The petitioners said upon Cardoso’s death, Shabi made himself the prime agent of the family land.
He was also said to have set members of the Mosheshe family against themselves and willy-nilly made himself their land agent.
The Cardoso family eventually removed Shabi as their land agent but he continued to function as same
He later manipulated the system through the assistance of some local government officials and pronounced himself as the Baale.
There was wide jubilation by residents in Kikikiri over the pronouncement of Folami as the authentic Baale.