Crisis brews as Awori, Egba territorial crisis worsen

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Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The lingering Chieftaincy and boundary crisis currently brewing between the Egbas and the Aworis in Ogun state seems to have taken a more dangerous dimension as the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egba-land Oba Aremu Gbadebo talks tough back at the Otas.

The Paramount ruler of Egbaland was speaking through the spokesman of the Alake in council, Chief Lai Labode at the press briefing on Friday, where he claimed that the Otas are already going violent as one death (name withheld ) has been recorded.

Trouble started between the two dynasties when the Former Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun upgraded Some high Chiefs to coronet Obas in less than a month to the end of his administration.

The Otas, however, contested the installation of the Alatan-elect, Abiodun Sowunmi who they claimed that, as an Egba person, should not be a monarch in the said territory adding that Atan belongs to them.

In their argument, The Egbas claimed that it took over the land as far back as 1841 after winning a battle against the Otas and surrounding villages hence, occupied the said villages.

Aside from Atan, other towns which are being contested include; Sango, Iju, Gbalefa, Abule Lemomu, Oke Ore and Adekoyeni

Chief Labode however added that if the Olota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege claimed not to be under the Egbas, why then is he a member of the Egba traditional council.

Labode said, “We wish to categorically reaffirm that the incumbent Alake, or his predecessors, had never and would never, install, impose or induce Obas, Baales or Chiefs on any community or people, outside Egbaland.
“The issues contained in the Press Release call for more education and enlightenment on who had traditional authority on the villages, Peninsula, referred to as Gbalefela. Records revealed that the Egbas waged against Ota and in 1841 conquered it and the surrounding villages and as well occupied them.

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“We also seriously call on the Ogun state commissioner of Police to intervene in the excesses and one-sided activities of the police, instigated harassments of the Egba indigenes in the area.

“We specifically refer to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his men at Onipanu, near Ota, who were supposed to enforce peace and as well ask aggrieved people on land or Chieftaincy matters to go to court, but he and his men would rather be detaining innocent people and serially wasting their time. We unequivocally declare that we are not comfortable with the policing in that area.

“How we wish that, the Olota, Obalanlege, who was himself aware and was officially and legally installed under the same Declaration, had re-educated, re guided and updated “the purported spokesman of the Olota-in-council, on a very traditional but simple procedure, this led to the emergence of the Olota, if he doesn’t appreciate the authority of the Alake, who ” gave his consent within few hours, when his selection by the Olota kingmakers letter arrived at the Ake Palace.

“Please note that Alake forwarded his approval same day to Ogun state government!.

” the Otas are already going violent which the Alake had warned against. As we speak one person has been killed and a baale also sent away from his palace”.

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