This Land called Lagos was owned by the British for 99years from 1861-1960 – Journalist Rufai Oseni says; Shows British treaty cession document

Arise TV news presenter and author, Rufai Oseni has waded into the recent tribal arguments amongst Lagosians  over the ‘ownership’ of Lagos State.


Several assertions have been made these past few weeks over the candidacy of the Labour Party gubernatorial aspirant in the state, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour whose mother is Igbo, after Mr Peter Obi won Lagos State in the just concluded presidential poll against former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu.


In a tweet on Wednesday, March 15, Oseni said Lagos was a British colony until it was ceded to a Lagos Monarch

He went on to state that some of the developments in the state were made by the British. He then tweeted a photo showing the treaty cessation document between the then British government and Oba Dosunmu.

Oseni refused to acknowledge the positions that “Lagos is no man’s land,” or that “it is a Yoruba land”.

He tweeted; “This Land called Lagos was owned by the British for 99years, from 1861-1960….Most of the initial development was done by the British.”

A Colony 1. a country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country. Lagos was a British Colony!

Up till 1960, Most Lagosians were British Subjects.On Independence most of them opted to Join the Nigeria Federation, they could have got British passports if they wanted.

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