The Oba-elect of Ikeja community in Lagos State, Alhaji Samsondeen Adeleye, has raised the alarm over a plot by his detractors to get him arrested and detained under a trumped-up charge so as to prevent his installation by the outgoing administration of Governor Akinwumi Ambode.
The monarch-in-waiting, in a chat with THISDAY at the weekend, accused one of his siblings of contriving an allegation bothering on land grabbing against him, noting that apart from lands jointly sold by their royal family, he had never single-handedly sold any land to anyone.
“My detractor in the family had connived with some powerful people in the police circles to get me arrested for illegally selling a land which I know nothing.
“I gathered that they will at any moment invite me to the Police Criminal Investigation Department at Alagbon, Lagos, from where I will be transferred to Abuja to prevent me from becoming the Oba of Ikeja.
“They said they would arrest me in respect of a land sold whereas I did not sell any land to anybody. Apart from lands sold jointly by the royal family, count me out of selling a family land behind other members,” he explained.
Adeleye said he had contacted his lawyer to reach out to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, “to help me prevent this act of injustice from taking place.
“I know they are doing this to prevent my imminent installation by the state government.”
Ikeja has been without a monarch since October 2014, following the passage of its traditional ruler, Oba Rauf Matemi, Amore 1.
In December 2014, the Ikeja Body of Kingmakers, headed by the late former Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Rafiu Jafojo, picked Adeleye as Oba-elect and forwarded his name to the Ikeja local council but the state government has yet to install himever since.