Monarch warned against dragging Oluwo into land dispute issues
Olubadan Tasks Police On Land Grabbing
Iwo Princes under Forum of Iwo Princes have cautioned the Olu of Ileogbo, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, to stop dragging the paramount ruler of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, into his land grabbing predicament.
They said that the palace of the Olu Ileogbo has been engulfed with criticism and petitions of illegal grabbing of land of innocent subjects for many years, noting that the recent revolt by the affected subjects and report of same to the government has unsettled the palace of Olu Ileogbo.
The forum warned the monarch to desist from maligning the respected palace of Oluwo with land-related crisis, saying there was never a time in history that Iwo had a land dispute with any community under it.
They asked the government to checkmate the acclaimed influence of Olu of Ileogbo on some policemen being deployed to perpetrate atrocities as he boastfully said on radio that he sends people to prison at will.
They revealed that Oba Agbaje has caused more havoc to his subjects and his stool in his quest to illicitly grab and unjustly sell his subjects’ land.
A statement by its Chairman and Secretary, High Prince Lateef Abimbola (Moderin of Iwoland ) and High Prince Lekan Lamuye, respectively, read “Oluwo has been a peace loving father, protecting and preserving his land for future gains. Since the enthronement, Oluwo has not sold even half a plot of land.
He frequently advises other kings to prepare a productive future for their subjects.
“Oluwo has never engaged in a land dispute with any community under him as erroneously claimed in the media by the Olu of Ileogbo. Olu of Ileogbo has in recent time been deliberately trying to drag Oluwo into his land grabbing problems, aimed at maligning Oluwo because he, (Oluwo) advised him and other kings in Iwo District to avoid incessant land sales.”
Similarly, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, CFR, Alli Okunmade II, has called on Oyo State Police Command to work hand-in-hand with the traditional institution in Ibadanland, comprising the Olubadan Palace, the members of Olubadan Advisory Council, Mogajis and Baales so as to permanently get rid of the menace of land grabbing.
Balogun made the call at his Alarere residence while hosting the state Commissioner of Police, Adebola Hamzat during his familiarisation visit to the palace alongside some of the members of the top echelon of the Command.
Balogun said that for efforts of the traditional institution against land grabbing menace to be successful, there must be synergy between both parties.
Olubadan, who spoke through his ‘Baba Kekere’, Sen. Kola Balogun at the programme, which had in attendance some of the Mogajis, led by their President-General, Chief Asimiyu Adepoju Ariori, said the commitment of his reign to the total eradication of the cankerworm could not be compromised, hence his request for all hands to be on deck.
Hamzat, in his remark, assured Kabiyesi of the commitment of his Command to work with the traditional institution as being requested, noting that the same issue of land grabbing was part of his discussions with the state governor, Seyi Makinde, immediately he arrived the state.
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