OTA – Following the alleged incessant harassments and threats to peace and harmony of Egba settlers in Ado-Odo-Ota local government area of Ogun State, the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo may be at loggerheads with the Olota of Ota ,Oba Abdulkadir Obalanlege.
Egba indigenes settled in Iju, Atan and Gbalefa towns of Ado-Odo-Ota area of Ogun State have cried out for help over alleged incessant harassments and threats to peace and security of their villages by the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkadir Obalanlege.
The indigenes and residents called on the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo to urgently intervene in the continual harassments and threats to peace and security of Ota’s neighbours by the Olota and his agents.
The Olu of Iju Odo, Oba Olufemi Sodeinde told journalists that, the Olota had been threatening to install new Obas and Baales surrounding Egba and Yewa settlements in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area to undermine their authorities.
Oba Sodeinde alleged that, on countless occasions the Olota would visit their domains with a large entourage without prior and decorous information to the legitimate traditional authorities in the areas.
The Olu of Iju Odo explained that, the Olota’s action was premeditated on the assumption that, Iju and its surrounding villages were part of Aworiland, saying the villages were never an extension of Aworiland either by conquest or annexation.
He therefore urged the state governor and the Alake of Egbaland not to take the Olota’s inciting and hate statements with levity, saying “he appeared determined to undermine the peace and mutual understanding prevailing in the area.”
Also speaking, the Balogun of Gbalefaland and Baale of Adekoyeni, Chief Tajudeen Adisa Sodiya, complained that, the Olota has vehemently threatened to fully wreck the peace and tranquility of the Egba Settlements in the areas.
Baale Adekoyeni accused the Olota and Onikoko Of Koko-Ebiye, Oba Oluwasegun Joel Fasina to have visited Adekoyeni village on 16th of August 2018, with a large entourage in over 25 cars, with the intention of opening of borehole with the connivance of an illegal Baale, Lateef Alabi Bankole.
Adekoyeni further stated that the Olota intended to super impose the said Lateef Bankole over the legitimate Baale, Chief Tajudeen Adisa Sodiya, at the time when the Baale had gone to Abeokuta for a meeting.
Eyewitness account reports that, as a result of the action of the Olota, a pandemonium broke out, as the Olota, Oba Abdulkadir Obalanlege and his entourage met a fierce resistance by the women of the village who thronged out to protest.
The development, according to an eyewitness, forced the Olota and his entourage to hurriedly drove away from the village.
Baale of Adekoyeni therefore, urged Governor Amosun and the Alake of Egbaland to prevail on the Olota of Ota to halt his territorial ambition and aggression to avoid stiff resistance in the area.
Chief Sodiya also appealed to the Governor to direct Oba Obalanlege’s Voice of Awori Radio station to stop inciting his people through that Radio’s broadcast of anti non-Awori broadcasts.
Meanwhile, the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkadir Obalalenge, has announced that arrangements are in top gear install two Awori Obas in Abeokuta.
According to the Voice of the Awori Radio, the first one would be installed in Oke-Ata, which the Olota claimed used to be called Oke-Ota, while the second would be crowned at Lafenwa, which he said was an Awori settlement called Ileifemiwa.
The Olota who reaffirmed that he was on a mission to recover all Aworiland disclosed that he had also concluded plans to installed another Olu of Ifo in Ifo, which he also claimed was an Awori town.