After being vacant for about nine years due to leadership tussle, the throne of Ikeja Kingdom in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve centre, has been occupied.
The one to ascend the throne is Prince Tajudeen Muritala, a Real Estate Expert.
Ikeja, which is among highbrow neighbourhoods in Lagos State hosts the State’s secretariat ,Alausa.
Prince Murtala was installed as the traditional ruler of Ikeja Kingdom after the two royal families entitled to the kingdom -Iyade and Oshoja, unanimously selected him as their preferred candidate for the vacant stool and asked the kingmakers to perform the necessary traditional rites to certify him as the new Olu of Ikeja.
Muritala was subsequently installed as the new traditional ruler after being led to carry out the entire exercise which started in the early hours of Saturday.
As part of the installation ceremony, he was led to different historical locations within the community to perform all necessary rites.
Several indigenes of the kingdom participated in the rites to show their support and solidarity to the new ruler.
Speaking after the ceremony, a member of the royal family, Jamiu Folami, described the exercise as a welcome development, noting that it would end the infighting that had denied the kingdom a monarch for about a decade.
Folami added that the families were happy that the throne of their fathers has finally been occupied and that all traditional rites expected to be conducted annually would now be carried out within the stipulated time.