Elegushi family washes hands of Lekki crisis

The Elegushi Royal Family yesterday washed its hands of last week’s violence that engulfed Otodo Gbame, a slum in Ikate, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. It chided those accusing it of instigating the violence, urging them to stop spreading falsehood to smear its name.
The family’s Secretary Chief Muritala Elegushi, said  the land in dispute belongs to it, wondering why the family would engage in violence to reclaim its legal inheritance.
He said after its victory in court earlier this month, the family delayed execution of the judgment which gave it the land to avoid violence.

He said the family never planned to eject the slum inhabitants immediately, alleging that they crossed their boundary when they pledged loyalty to a monarch.
Elegushi said: “The Elegushi royal family is the rightful and legal owner of Otodo Gbame land, a fact that can be confirmed by the inhabitants. The family obtained court rulings from the Magistrate’s and High Courts of Lagos to take possession of the land.

“Due to our magnanimity and in spite of the security threat the community poses to the neighbourhood, we left the inhabitants alone in order to keep the peace. Contrary to  reports that the fracas in the community was instigated by the Elegushi family, we wish to tell the whole world that it was a crisis that originated purely from internal disagreement among the inhabitants. The Elegushi family has nothing to do with the violence.”
C-The Nation

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