Sikiru Shitta Bey
Sikiru Ayodeji Shitta Bey is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who represented a Lagos State senatorial constituency in the House of Assembly during the Nigerian second republic.
In 2000, he was involved in a legal case challenging the legality of an amendment to the constitution of the Lagos Central mosque by a Wahab Folawiyo led Jamaatul Muslimeen Council of Lagos.(1)
Shitta Bey was born in Lagos on June 26, 1931. He is a great grand son of Mohammed Shitta Bey. He married his wife, Raheenat Braimoh Igbo in 1957. He attended Olowogbowo Methodist School and King's College, Lagos before proceeding to study law at the University of London. He was called to the bar in 1960. However, he became more known for his participation in the country's first and second republics and his role in Lagos state politics. He married his second wife Tayibat Adunni Seriki in 1963. In 1965, he was an elected member of the Nigerian Parliament and later in 1979, he won a seat to represent Lagos in the Senate. While serving as a senator, he was a member of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Affairs.
In the latest democratic republic, he pitched his tent with the Alliance for Democracy and later the Action Congress. During the early stages of the republic, he was a member of the Justice forum along with Mumini badmus, Olatunji Hamzat and Adeyiga Ajayi. The forum was a political group within the AD and Afenifere.
1979 Lagos district senatorial election
- Shitta Bey UPN - 94,957
- R.O. Jinadu NPN - 12,494
- A.O. Sanyaolu GNPP - 9,012
- N.A.O. Dosumu PRP - 8,958
- "Court Gives Shitta-Beys Right To Sue Folawiyo", P.M. News, February 1, 2001.
(2)Michael Afolabi. Nigeria in transition, 1978-1979 : an annotated bibliography of party politics, elections, and the return to civil rule. p 326