ALAKE WADES INTO ITORI OKE AND ITORI ODO Dispute!

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Abeokuta-Oba Adedotun Gbadebo therefore lamented the mutual distrust, and acrimony between the two neighboring communities. 

The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo had appealed to both Itori Oke to come together and foster mutual love between the two neighbouring communities.

Riling at a dispute between Itori Odo and Itori Oke in Abeokuta on Tuesday (25 June, 2019), the Alake of Egbaland concluded that the common prefix, ITORI, that bounded ITORI Oke and ITORI Odo together, for many years, without any disagreement, showed that both were of same origin, adding that there was no reason to flight on bond of Itori common historical source or over the issues of whether they were sanguinely related or the common ownership of land at the Orile Itori.

The Ogboye of Egbaland and a Chieftain of Itori Odo had argued that there was no relationship between the two and the land at the Orile, belonged to Itori Odo alone.

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The Olojoru of Orile Oke Odo, Oba Musiliu, on the other hand, argued that the two had coexisted for many years adding that they had been jointly and collectively, been  carrying out many communal projects, pointing out that whatever belonged to Itori Odo was also a Commonwealth to Itori Oke.

The Muslim Community of both Itori Oke and Itori Odo, led by the Seriki of Egba Muslims, Chief Lateef Ayoola Ibrahim, told the Alake that, there was no  distinction between the two except physical or geographical.

Chief Lateef Ayoola Ibrahim, traced the historical source of both adding that both Muslim and Christian Faithfuls in the Areas, usually took only one common title, from Egbaland, not two, for all any position.

Balogun Of Egbaland, Chief Atobatele

The Seriki of Egba Muslims therefore appealed to the Ogboye of Egbaland, sustain and nurture the extended family bond of love and friendship that had existed between Itori Odo and Itori Oke from time immemorial.

The Oluwo Itori Oke, also spoke in the same vein as the Seriki of Egba Muslims on the common destiny of the two areas.

It was at this juncture that the Alake also sought the views of Egba Obas and High Chiefs present before giving the final ruling.

Oba Muftau Akindele, the Olu Oke Odo, Oba Femi Solaja, the Olu Obada Oko, Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Aare Ganiyu Babayeju, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa and Baaroyin Layi Labode, unanimously said there was historical and source of origin divide between the two geographical groups.

The Obas and Chiefs collectively advised the Alake to enjoin the both Itori Oke and Itori Odo to continue to live in peace and cooperation.

In His Majesty’s final ruling, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, advised the Olojoru and the Ogboye to move their people closer as they had been doing over the years.

Oba Musiliu Onipede Olojoru of Itori Oke, Oba (Dr) Adebayo Ontori of Itori Odo Chief Isamot Erinle Oluwo Itori Oke and Alhaji Abdul Kareem Okewunmi, Opo Adeen Musulumi of Egbaland were also present.


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