The dust raised following the brutal assassination of Olu of Agodo, Oba Ayinde Olajide Odetola had continued to garner more reactions as Imo Council of Chiefs have queried the rationale behind their hurriedly published press statements hours after Oba Odetola was gruesomely murdered.
In a press statement jointly signed by all the Chiefs in the town, condemned the reactions of Olowu Council of Chiefs few days after the assassination of Oba Odetola.
It could be recalled that the Olowu Council of Chiefs had, few days after the assassination of Olu of Agodo, Oba Ayinde Olajide Odetola refered to the monarch as a land grabber.
Akogun Owu, Chief Ishola Akinsipo, who issued the statement on behalf of Olowu-in-Council, on 26th January, 2022, said that, “on no occasion has the Agodo community, with a Baale in situ, had contested or applied to Olowu or Alake Egba for the uplifting of their Baale to Coronet.”
The statement further noted, “From time immemorial, Agodo village which had been a multi-clan community from Abeokuta had been in peace until some six years ago when some hoodlums besieged the environment to grab the community’s land.”
The statement also added that, Report’s available at their disposal in Owu Kingdom indicate the man who claimed to be Oba in Agodo village had been involved in land disputes with Agodo people which had caused bad blood among him, accompanied hoodlums and the Agodo community.
Responding to the statement, Imo Council of Chiefs said that, the press statements was borne out of malice and some hidden reasons best known to them
The Imo Chiefs recalled that, Oba Odetola was appointed the Baale of Agodo in 2017 and got elevated and appointed as an Oba by Ogun State Government in 2019
The Chiefs added that, “the press statement was nothing but a distraction to prevent the security agencies to do thorough investigation into the murder case
They disclosed that, it was an incontrovertible fact that, the Agodo town was established by an Imo man and will ever remain an Imo homestead.
The Imo Chiefs reiterated that, it was with a very sense of responsibility that, they advised the Police to look beyond the assailants and also investigate their hidden sponsors, if any including the Owu chiefs”
They asserted that, the gruesome assassination of Oba Odetola cannot and would never pave way for any Owu man or any other settlers to become an Oba in a pure Egba settlement.
The Council of Chiefs however added that, the sudden discovery made by Owu Chiefs immediately the monarch was slained that, the deceased Monarch was a land speculator and not an Oba as claimed raised suspicion about their culpability ”
Meanwhile, the assassination was condemned by all including the State Government, who promised to do everything within their power to bring the culprits to book, no matter how highly placed
The Chiefs concluded by pledging their support for the Police to unravel mystery behind this murder.