Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Ikeja High Court has sentenced the deposed Baale of Shangisha in Magodo area of Lagos Mutiu Ogundare, charged with faking his kidnap to 15-year jail term.
Justice Oshodi sentenced Ogundare having convicted him of a two-count bordering on breach of peace and fake kidnapping.
Also jailed for the same prison term is his brother, Opeyemi Mohammed. The court however set his wife Abolanle, free having earlier absolved her of the charges.
The Lagos State government had deposed the Baale on July 16, 2017. Ogundare staged his abduction which reportedly took place on July 5, 2017 along Centre for Management Development, CMD, Road in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area of the state.
The then Governor Akinwunmi Ambode directed that the Baale of Shangisha be suspended in a memo addressed to the Sole Administrator of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA by Teslim Folami, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs.
“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,” it said.