The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to use his office to help Lagos retrieve its properties which were seized by the Federal Government.
Akiolu said he had “valid documents” to lay claims to the properties, which he said were taken during the military era.
He spoke when the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, led the Speaker on a courtesy visit to the monarch on Saturday with his deputy, Idris Wase.
The traditional ruler said, “We have a catalogue of requests from the Federal Government, from special status for the state to the return of all properties belonging to the Lagos Government which were taken away by military fiat. We want the properties to be returned to us.
“I have documents in my possession, which date back as far as 1800s, showing the ownership of all the property from CMS Grammar School to the First Bank building in Lagos. These properties are needed for the improvement of our people.”
Earlier, while receiving the Speaker at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu described the election of Gbajabiamila as Speaker as a great feat for the state.
“We know that you will work for the good of the country,” he said.
The governor informed the Speaker that Lagos deserved more from the Federal Government and said he hoped that Gbajabiamila would use his position to better the lot of the state.
Responding, the Speaker promised to be fair to every Nigerian in his administration of the House of Representatives.
Gbajabiamila and his deputy were joined during the visits by many members of the green chamber from various regions of the country.