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Aheri community denies Araromi Seaside in Ondo belongs to Ogun, urges Akeredolu to ignore claim

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
17 August 2022   |   2:42 am
The people of Maporure community of Aheri-land in Ilaje Local Council of Ondo State have faulted the claim by a traditional ruler, Onirokun of Irokun, Oba Buari Ola Balogun,

Rotimi Akeredolu. Photo/faceboo/rotimiaketi

The people of Maporure community of Aheri-land in Ilaje Local Council of Ondo State have faulted the claim by a traditional ruler, Onirokun of Irokun, Oba Buari Ola Balogun, that Araromi Seaside is part of Ogun Waterside Local Council in Ogun State.

Oba Balogun had, on Monday, raised the alarm that the Araromi Seaside, which is being proposed as a tourism zone by the Ondo State Government, is part of Ogun Waterside Local Council and is under Ogun State, not Ondo State.

BUT countering the claim, the Aheri people in a letter to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, yesterday, in Akure, through their solicitors, Royal Practice Legal Practitioner and Consultants and signed by Ige Asemudara, described the claim as not only false but unfounded.

They maintained that Araromi Seaside had been part of Ilaje community of Ondo State from time immemorial.

According to the people, the letter became necessary to correct the false claim by Oba Balogun that Araromi Seaside is not part of Ondo State. They urged the governor to ignore the such an insignificant tantrum.

The letter read in part: “Our client has drawn our attention to the above-captioned publication with instructions to correct the several false claims made therein by one Buari Ola Balogun purporting himself as the ‘Onirokun of Irokun’, a community forming part of the ancient territory of Aheriland and to urge your Excellency to ignore such insignificant tantrum.

“In the said publication, the self-styled Onirokun falsely claimed that Araromi-Seaside was in the Ogun Waterside Local Council of Ogun State contrary to the truth that Araromi is squarely within the Aheri Ward of Ilaje Local Council of Ondo State and not even a border community.

“It is the fact of its territorial contiguity with Lagos that the British Government, by an Act of the Nigerian Legislative Council, on November 29, 1895, extended the laws of the Colony of Lagos to Ilajeland and by which it was declared part of the Colony.”

“Attempts later to alter this well-defined boundary and territory for political exigencies have been the source of unending crises between Ondo/Abeokuta Provinces, which birthed the present Ondo and Ogun states, particularly when Ijebu was crafted from Abeokuta in 1915 with a rejected policy to create coastal territory for Ijebu on part of the Western fringe of Ilaje soil.”