Hon (Prince) Aremo-Oba Abeeb Faronbi Alase, The crownprince was born into royal families of Isolo, ejigbo, ewu and Adoyi-Alashe chieftaincy family, Lagos about 59years ago(edited) to the late royal majesty alaiyeluwa Alhaji (Oba) Disu Olayiwola Akanni Arimole-Bi-Osupa Faronbi (Arolagbade-Alagbeji 11) The Osolo Of Isolo-Kingdom and its environs), And Alhaja (Oloori-Agba) S. Ayinke Faronbi (Hadja Americana).
A thoroughbred Lagosian of awori- stock , The Oba-elect Of; Oke Alo, Mende, Gbagada, Anthony Village and environs. Additionally , He is the head (Oloriebi) Of Adoyi-Alashe chieftaincy family, Lagos. The Overlords (Land owners of all the landed properties in; Anthony village, Mende, Oke Alo, Gbagada, Pedro, Ifako, Idi-Iroko,Onigbongbo,Maryland,Ilupeju, Abule-Ijesha, Shomolu, Bariga, and Igbobi-Sabe respectively(With valid Supreme Court Judgements) .
Educational Background: Attended Ansar-Ud-Deen-Primary School-Isolo, (1967), St.Peters-Blessed School, Okekoto-Agege(1967-1973), Federal Government College, Ilorin, Kwara-State (1973-1976), Federal Government College ,Malali Village-Kaduna(1977-1980), Wayne County Community College, Detroit Michigan-Usa(1983).
Also, Attended so many training Programmes both locally and internationally.
Political Experience: Chairman Ward-F1 Isolo Social Democratic-Party(Sdp-1983), Chairmanship flagbearer Social Democratic Party(Sdp For Oshodi -Isolo Lga-1983), Chairmanship flagbearer Grassroots Democratic movement(GDM For Oshodi Isolo Lga 1997), House Of Assembly flagbearer Cnc-1997. App Oshodi Isolo Lga Publicity Secretary1998. Leader/Elder Alliance For Democracy(Ad-1998). Leader/Elder Action Congress (Ac-2006). Leader/Elder Alliance For Democracy Of Nigeria(Acn) and presently member of All Progressives Congress.
Public/Political Appointment: He was appointed by Governor emeritus, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed TiNubu to serve in his cabinet as a commissioner in the Lagos state Local government service-commission-representing Ikeja division of Lagos state from Septmber 2000 to October 2005.
Working Experience: Ceo/President Of : Crownprince Company Nigeria Limited, Prince & Princess Ventures & Dilafar Company Nigeria Limited.
Chieftaincies/Traditional: Aremo Oba Osolo Of Isolo-Kingdom, Oloriomooba Of Awori Land (Head of all the princess & princesses in Aworiland). And the Oba elect Of Oke Alo, Mende, Gbagada, Anthony Village &Its environs. Additionally , He is the Head (Oloriebi) Of Adoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family-Lagos.
Kosofe Post: Despite the fact that you are the overlords (Land owners of all the landed properties in Anthony Village, Mende, Oke-Alo, Gbagada, Pedro, Ifako, Idi-Iroko, Onigbongbo, MaryLand , Ilupeju , Abule Ijesha, Shomolu-Bariga, Igbobi-Sabe and-EtCetra(WithSupreme-Court-Judgements). kabiyesi!We still See different baales, princes and princesses who are not related to your lineage claiming Omoonile in your said domain. Why?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: That’s impersonation! because you cannot called yourself prince or princess if you weren’t born by a king. or if you didn’t come from a royal lineage. And for some people claiming baaleship titles within my domain are as a result of government of the day wanting to have traditional community leaders within these domains for easy administrations of their political aspirations , ambitions thereby installing all kinds of characters as baales. some come to us as original land owing family for our approval ,consent and authority. which we granted. but its our decisions to now instal our own sons and daughter’s as baales and obas instead of using land guest settlers. Again on those calling themselves “omoonile” without any family relationships with landowing family; this is very rampant in Lagos-state. some of the so called “omoonises” are “chronic land tresspassers and adamant land interlopers and killing land grabbers”. and they are many in Lagos, state. particularly, within oke-alo-gbagada, bariga, wasinmi, Onigbongbo, Mende, Maryland, Anthony village, Atunrashe estate, Medina estate, ifako etcetra, etcetra. We had always reported them to the police authorities. but they always bribed their ways out. while some of them are charged to courts. i am planning to meet with the notable politicians, iyalojas/babalojas, landlords/tenants associations and cda’s, cdc’s within my domains so that we can collectivelly find solutions to finally end the menace of these “unrepentant land interlopers, grabbers” who are disturbing the peace and tranquility of our elite communities through their acts of hooliganism and thuggery because they want to get rich by hook or crook by engaging in land speculations within my domains at the detriment of the original-omooniles who are traditional land owing families recognize by governments and by courts and long historical pedigree and judgements.
kosofe post: There was a supreme court judgement that confers (land ownership of all the landed properties in Anthony village, Mende,Oke-Alo, Gbagada, Pedro, ifako,idi-iroko, Onigbongbo, Maryland, Ilupeju, Abule-Ijesha, shomolu, Bariga, igbobi sabe respectively. what year was the supreme court judgements given?
Aremo-oba abeeb: our family had more than ten supreme courts judgements namely: 1). judgement delievered on 11-c-1950 in respect of suit no/67-of-1946 between aina-edu (adoyi-alashe) vs. abdulai-bamgbopa (eletu-odibo)-&-3-others. 2). judgement in respect of suit-no/1985 between fadu-alashe vs. alli-anthony. 3. records of proceedings /judgements in respect of suit-no/372/1928 between aina-edu (adoyi-alashe) vs. administrator-of-the-colony. 4). supreme-court-judgement between odu-oya (adoyi-alashe) & another vs. shongoyomi & others delievered by willougby-osborne (chief- judge) on 30/7/1912 that the piece of land situated on the right farm side of the other road from idi-iroko village near onigbongbo village upto anthony-village,maryland to shogbuyi village belonged to the family of adoyi-alashe chieftaincyfamily. 5). judgement of the lagos state lands tribunal in respect of suit no:-ld/ls/15/1979 between the governor of lagos state &others vs. akinbaiye family& 53others Adoyi Alashe chieftaincy family received the largest compensation on the entire ikorodu lands and Oworonshoki, Oshodi, Ilupeji, Anthony-village bothering landed properties. These are amongst several other landmark supreme court judgements establishing my family ownership of the land from time immemorial. And please let me mention here that: a). late chief emmanuel oyedele ashamu. b). late ajao, late adams, late atunrashe, alhaja toyibat-medina-estate amongst several others are all customary tenants who bought land from adoyi alashe chieftaincy family of lagos .
kosofe post: This is what yoruba people called t’omode oba ba itan aba aroba,aroba ni baba itan…toto sebi owe koje tori ade. following the almost one dozen of supreme court judgements in favour of your royal family. would the present occupier of the affected places going to do ratification and pay all the types of omo onile fees?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: YES, they have to do so. because some of the tenants are on leasehold. But we are going about it legally. and we will continue like that until we have an understanding with the landlords and tenants within. The problems confronting us has to do with the land trespassers but as soon as we conclude legally public notices will be pasted to make public aware of our presence, we are on it. Because we are the overlords of all the inheritance and we are here to stay to develop the area to a more secured and habitable locality.
kosofe post: That’s good development. there are omoonile’s and there are omoonile’s, what are the measure the traditional council of rulers or royal family put in place to separate thugs from the real omoonile’s currently terrorising people in your domain?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: well there are laws that are recently enacted by the outgone 7th lagos-state house of assembly in respects of thugs / hooligans terrorising all communities in lagos-state. There are also provisions in some of these laws that any recognised baale, chiefs or obas that are aiding and abetting these thugs / hooligans to dispossess legitimate landed owners will be deposed of their traditional titles in accordance with the promulgated laws. Therefore it is no business as usual for all these landgrabbers and those conspiring with them in lagos-state. For your information some parcels of land were taken over by lagos-state government over this issue and all the traditional people assisting them were all warned and charged to court for creating violence within ikorodu town. I am using this opportunity to ask all these thugs / hooligans within anthony village and it’s environs to desist henceforth or else once caught they will face the wrath of laws of the land. enough is enough.
kosofe post: Do you mean the lagos state properties protection bill 2013?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: YES. There are other promulgated laws apart from lagos-state properties protection bill 2013 that protects the residual of genuine properties owners. and seriously frown at unwholesome attitude of landgrabbers and their collaborators. including deposition of traditional ruler found to have aided and abetted them. The law enforcement agencies have also been empowered legally to deal ruthlessly with such hooligans and their godfathers who engage in illicit deals of terrorising legitimate land / properties owners in Lagos -state. We are happy about this development from Lagos-state government.
kosofe post: SIR, do you know that some omoonile’s are another set of boko haram militant group terrorising genuine land owners either for site entrying fee, foundation, decking casting and roofing even building that are guilted by fire they will still request for money for its reconstruction. is this normal and how can this trend be change generally?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: This question has been addressed above. and these are forcible collections / demands made by the hired-thugs/hoodlums to swindle innocent developers / tenants. It should be resisted. However ,all genuine “omooniles” are entitled to some of these miscellaneous fees collections as you’ve mentioned above. in our family (Adoyi Alashe chieftaincy family Lagos) We have designed a “job-card” where you’re told to pay certain amount ranging from: a). owo-iwoko (entry-fee). b) foundation fee. c. security -fee. c) decking-fees and d). roofing-fees. All these fees are negotiable and they are meant to take of the younger elements in the family who ordinarily might not benefit or shared out the “real purchase money” paid by the tenant/developer. and these fees should be mutually agreed upon by the parties. and shouldn’t be a “pay or die payment”. and these “job-card” must be endorsed by myself as head (oloriebi) before it can be authentic.
kosofe post: This make it clearer sir. What are the process require to buy a genuine land from your royal ruling without facing other omoonile’s syndrome?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: it is the same process that you have to follow. That’s you take our documents and go to lagos-state secretariat, alawusa, ikeja to do your search/findings about the genuineness , authenticity , authority of our claims on the land. once you and your lawyers are satisfied you then make payments. while you’re put on the physical possession of the land/property. Therefore, the issue of “other-omooniles” facing / confronting in our sites don’t happen in our sites”. because “other-omooniles” you referred to are those “notorious land grabbers” we have been talking about since. no genuine “omooniles” will deprive you of your legitimate land purchases having taking money from you. but those who want to eat where they have no genealogical relationships even more than the genuine landlords are the “adamant/notorious/unrepentant hired hoodlums,thugs,hooligans” parading themselves as “omooniles”. in our family our family members who are site-boys have our special identification cards endorsed by me. this measure was put in place in order to checkmate the invasion of our sites by unauthorised personalities masquerading as “omooniles. these set of notorious landgrabbers are known as “ajagun-gbale”. and like you said they are worse than “boko-haram-militants”. their nefarious activities should be condemned by governments at all levels and by all and sundry too.
kosofe post: Your above statement can be taken as an advice to the present land owners and prospective property buyers in your domain because land is like Nigeria cursed or blessed oil money in the time past?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: Yes, it is my candid advise to would be tenant/developers in lagos-state cum nigeria generally. additionally, YES. Land is like a blessing in Lagos-state particularly and Nigeria in general. Even it is a goldmine” because it is the only source of huge revenues for Lagos-state government. and that’s why it is attracting “hired-hoodlums/thugs” just the same way “niger-delta-militants” are terrorising the people of Niger-delta to do “oil-bunkering-cum-kidnappings” to get their share of “oil-money”.
kosofe post: That’s handsome!we gathered that you are an “oba elect” for gbagada, Oke Alo, Anthony and Mende respectively. how, where and when did it took place?
Aremo-Oba Abeeb: YES, i was appointed by my family. And already it is going through lagos-state / kosofe lga chieftaincy committees processing. as soon as these processes are completed then official installation/corronation will take place. and #kosofepost and other media won’t be left out of the corronation / installation activities.
kosofe post: awaiting kabiyesi congrats in advance. we will be highly honoured receiving your invites.
NB: This interview was first posted in 2015.