Governor Ambode Suspends Traditional Ruler For Faking His Own Kidnap

Baale of Shangisha

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday approved the immediate suspension of the Baale of Shangisha in Magodo, Yusuf Ogundare, for faking his abduction.

In a memo dated July 13, 2017, to the Sole Administrator of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA and signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Teslim Folami, Ambode directed Ogundare to stop parading himself henceforth as the Baale of the community till further notice.

According to the memo, Folami said: “I am directed to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of the suspension of Chief Yusuf Ogundare, Baale of Shangisha, with immediate effect, in accordance with Section 38, sub-section 1 of the Obas and Chiefs Laws of Lagos State, which states, ‘the governor may suspend or depose any Oba or chief whether appointed or after commencement of this law, if he is satisfied that such suspension of deposition is required according to customary law or is necessary in the interest of peace and good government.’

“You are to communicate the decision to the chieftain to stop parading himself as Baale of Shangisha with immediate effect.”

Ogundare’s suspension was approved by the governor moments after the Lagos State Police Command paraded him alongside his younger brother, Mohammed Adams, for conspiring to fake the alleged kidnap.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem; as well as his counterpart for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Muslim Folami were among those present at the press briefing.

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