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Alake Of Abeokuta

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decisions have been taken in regard to the future of the Alake of Abeokuta.

The Alake, who abdicated on 31st December, 1948, is now living as a private person in Oshogbo.

Can the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the Alake will be allowed to spend his declining years in peace and free from molestation?

Apart from the problems which may be associated with the individual in this case, does my hon. Friend realise that there is a problem associated with the office itself? Will he tell us whether or not, instead of restoring the autocratic powers of the paramount chief, he will consider some form of democratic control?

The present position is that the Egba Central Government have been appointed as native authority in place of the Alake. How far it can be considered a fully democratic authority, I do not know, but there is a move in that direction.