By Augustine Akhilomen
Former chairman of the Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS), Olufolarin Ogunsanwo, has ascended the throne as the new Alara of Ilara Kingdom, Epe, Lagos State.
By hierarchy, the Alara is the paramount ruler of Epe as well as the permanent vice chairman of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
The accountant, who was presented by the Council of Obas last year as the next to the throne, is from the Telade family, was chosen from eight contestants from other ruling houses.
The Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife graduate of Economics will be succeeds Oba Akeem Adesanya, who died in October 2018 after 58 years on the throne.
On Friday, he performed the traditional rights coordinated by the kingmakers and returned to his palace to the waiting arms of residents who sang his praises.
As part of the activities preceding his coronation as the 55th Alara, Ogunsanwo was presented to the Council of Obas on Tuesday at the Epe Council Chambers, Itamarun, in the Epe Local Government Area.
The ceremony was witnessed by family members, friends and well-wishers.