The contentious claims and counter claims by two Baales at the Agbamaya villages, near Obada-Oko, forced the Alake to tour Difficult Terrains of Two Agbamaya’s compounds in Igbein and Oba over Baaleship tussle at Agbamaya Village.
For some time now, two geographically close communities in Abeokuta, Igbein and Oba, have been having running battles over the Baaleship of Agbamaya village near Obada-Oko.
For proper and in-depth understanding of the situation, the Paramount Monarch of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, had to leave the Ake Palace and toured the two Agbamaya’s compounds at Igbein near Ita-Agemo and the second at Ago-Oba.
The Balogun of Egbaland, High Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, the Olu Oke-Odo of Iluoeju; Oba Muftau Akindele, Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, High Chief Layi Labode, as well as some three Township Chiefs accompanied His majesty on the visit.
At the Agbamaya’s compounds, the Alake made enquiries from the residents about how their forefathers settled in that compound, the situation featured claims and counterclaims by the contending parties.
After that session, the Alake’s entourage as well as the contending parties visited Agbamaya’s compound at Ago-Oba where Alake made personal enquiries about the dates of settlements and the forebears.
Having taken mental notes of all submissions from the contending parties as well as the residents of the compounds located at Ago-Oba, Oba Adedotun returned to the Ake Palace to discuss his findings with the two contending parties as well members of his entourage.
The Igbeins claimed that they had been installing Baales for four times whereas those from Ago-Oba said they were appointing Baale for the first time.
The highlights of the tour of the compounds both at Igbein and Ago-Oba was the difficult terrain caused by serious erosion, Oba Gbadebo had no choice but to contend with these difficult and stony terrains caused by continual erosion over the years.
After listening to all sides and the comments of the Egba Chiefs, the Alake adjourned the session and invited only the leadership of three persons from either sides for final arbitration and resolution of the issue.