Communities cry out, allege illegal land deals in Ota
Six communities in Gbalefa in Ado-Odo Ota local government area of Ogun State have appealed to the State government, the State House of Assembly and the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson to save them from alleged invasion of Ota people and their land.
They alleged that the Ota people with the backing of the Olota of Ota, Oba Abudulkabir Obalanlege had been invading their communities and “illegally” selling their land under the claim that the land the communities were occupying is under the Prescribed Authority of the Olota of Ota and not the Alake of Egbaland.
The troubled villages are: Ajegunle, Onigbongbo, Ketu Oluyomi, At an, Kooko and Iju. Addressing a press conference, yesterday, in his palace in Atan, the Oba-elect, Alatan of Atan, Gbalefaland, Olatunji Abiodun Oluyomi, insisted that Gbalefa is a separate entity belonging to the people of Egba under the control of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
Oluyomi who spoke on behalf of the six villages disclosed that Gbalefa Peninsula was acquired by the Egba people through conquest between 1836 and 1843 from the people of Ilobi and Ado-Odo.
According to him, the power of the Alake’s prescribed authority was confirmed by the State government and other historical documents, including judgements of the courts.
According to him, there are five court judgments, affirming the authority of the Alake on Gbalefaland, adding that the recent court judgment was obtained in May 2019 where the High Court, sitting in Ota, again affirmed that Gbalefa is under the authority of the Alake.
Oluyomi appealed to the State government to set up a taskforce, comprising members of the security agencies to enforce the anti-land grabbing law in the State.
In his reaction, Obalanlege insisted that there is nothing like Gbalefaland, saying “Gbalefaland is a fraud.”The Monarch added, “The security agencies are aware of the development and I want them to call those causing confusion to order”.