A pension for life was paid to him [Docemo], equivalent to the total revenues of his principality at the time, which were assessed at 12,000 bags of cowries or £1,000 in English money.
Docemo thereupon retired into private life; and his pension died with him.
As an act of grace, however, a compassionate allowance was continued to the Head of the House of Docemo for the maintenance of its Members.
Similarly, when in 1900 Oyekan, the then Head of the House of Docemo died the present Eleko was chosen to succeed to the family honours; and to him also a compassionate allowance for the support of the Family was allotted by the Colonial Government.
The late Sir William MacGregor, who at that time Sir William was Governor of Lagos, in a Despatch dated February 23rd, 1901, addressed to the Secretary of State, Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, wrote as follows on the subject of the selection of Eleko to the Headship of the House of Docemo : -—
“ I have made it abundantly plain that the successor to Oyekan is only the head of the Family; that he has no ruling function; and that he has with regard to the Government no official position beyond that of Chief of the Docemo-Oyekan house.
“ At a full meeting of the principal Chiefs, Christian, Pagan and Mahometan, I explained the position clearly to them and they all understood perfectly that the present appointment, if sanctioned by you, will be a matter of grace, and that the nomination has no political signiﬁcance.
“ I have promised to strongly recommend to you that the person to be appointed should receive a compassionate allowance at the rate of £200 a year, the sum at first paid to the late Oyekan, to whom it was gradually increased till it reached £400 a year.
“ It has been fully explained that this would be for the maintenance of the women and children, more particularly for the education of the latter, who cannot be permanently provided for by the Government, but must by education prepare themselves for a struggle in the World in the ordinary way.”
- photo from Dawn in darkest Africa by Harris, John Hobbis (1912)
Nigerian Council - Address by the Governor, Sir Hugh Clifford, President of the Council
29 December 1920