Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has ordered the immediate deposition of Yusuf Ogundare, the baale of Shangisha, for allegedly faking his own abduction.
Ogundare’s deposition was announced in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muslim Folami.
The governor also ordered Ogundare to thenceforth desist from parading himself as the Baale of Shangisha.
The traditional ruler’s deposition was announced on Sunday, barely four days after he was suspended by the governor.
The statement read: “This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has authorized 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.”
The governor’s directive also came after the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni had claimed that the accused Baale had confessed during investigation that he faked his abduction with his brother, Mohammed Adams’ help.