The Baale of Shangisha, Yusuf Ogundare, has been deposed by the Lagos state government after it was discovered that he faked his kidnapping.
The fake abduction had taken place on July 5 along Centre for Management Development, CMD, Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area of the state.
The decision to depose Ogundare was made by Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode, through Teslim Folami, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs.
In a statement by Folami yesterday, the Governor ordered Ogundare to, henceforth, desist from parading himself as the Baale of Shangisha or discharge any duties attached to chieftaincy matters in the state.
Folami, in the statement, said: “This is to inform the public that His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has authorised the deposition and prosecution by Police of Chief Yusuf Mutiu Ogundare, Baale of Shangisha, with immediate effect.
“This is in accordance with Section 38, Subsection 1 of the Obas and Chiefs Laws of Lagos State inter-alia: ‘The governor may suspend or depose any Oba or Chief whether appointed before or after commencement of this law, if he is satisfied that such suspension or deposition is required according to customary law or is necessary in the interest of peace or good government’.
“Furthermore, he (Ogundare) is to stop parading himself, purports to exercise or discharge any of the duties attached to Chieftaincy Matters with immediate effect.”
Kidnap plot was intended to implicate Oba of Magodo
Folami said the deposition follows the formal confession of the Baale to security services that he staged his own kidnap to blackmail the state government. The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, while parading the suspects at the Lagos House in Ikeja, had narrated how they conspired to perfect the fake kidnap, all in a bid to implicate the Oba of Magodo, as well as rubbish the state government and security agencies.
An investigation into the matter by the police and Department of State Services (DSS) was said to have revealed that the traditional ruler visited Ibadan, Ilorin, and Iwo, in Ogun state on the day of his alleged abduction.
Owoseni said six days after the incidence, some men of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, on patrol in Alausa area at about 10p.m., apprehended Ogundare after he was dropped by a car which sped off immediately.
Well, here’s definitely our candidate for L of the Year.