The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, His Majesty Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has warned the Olu of Orile Igbore, Oba Ogunbona.
The Alake delivered the warning to Oba Ogunbona himself, during a settlement session on petitions to the Alake for the removal of the Oba as the Olu of Orile Igbore, brought by various Igbore groups and individuals for what they described as the Oba excesses and serial destabilization of Igboreland.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo recalled that his honest and developmental idea to fast track growth in Egbaland by creating Obas in deserving areas, was being eroded and assaulted by the likes of the Olu of Orile Igbore, Oba Ogunbona.
The Alake noted that he had on several occasions, warned the Olu of Orile Igbore to stop arrogating to himself powers which by the law and convention of Egba Traditional Council, he doesn’t possess.
The Alake added that it is regrettable that Oba Ogunbona had been deliberately overshooting his mandate, thereby creating chaos, disaffection and destabilization in Igboreland.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo therefore advised Oba Ogunbona to toe the line of peace, mutual respect and responsibility with all sections of Igboreland and even Igbore neighbors.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo reminded the Olu of Orile Igbore, that there were extant rules and regulations to deal with Obas who created problems for their people in the Egba Traditional Council Law.
The Alake also warned Oba Ogunbona to know and abide by the fact that the Oluwo of Igbore, Chief Anthony Oliyide, was the overall Traditional Head of Igboreland and adding that Oba Ogunbona should desist from arrogating himself with powers to appoint another Oluwo in any part of Igboreland.
The Alake also commended Olu Siun for his patience on the activities of Oba Ogunbona, adding that he was happy to note that the development were now going on there.
On disorderly sales of land in Igbore Communities, the Alake directed that, Obas and Community leaders should stop indiscriminate sales of land because that had been leading to chaos in their areas.
The Alake finally appealed to the Petitioners to give Oba Adeogun Ogunbona another chance, hoping that he would follow the path of reconciliation and peaceful and harmonious conduct in and outside Igboreland.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo also reconfirmed Chief Muhammed Olaloko, who possessed official and authentic Bàale Certificate, duly signed by the Alake, as the Baale of Olaloko Village while the Baale appointed by Oba Ogunbona, Moruf, was advised to stop parading himself as a Baale anywhere on Igboreland.
Earlier, Chief Kasimawo Laloko, a Chieftain of Igbore Traditional Council of Chiefs and the Olori Parakoyi of Egba Land, and the Oluwo Igbore, Chief Anthony Oliyide as well as Olu of Siun Oba Lawrence Odeyinka, Onitori of Itori Odo, Oba Adebayo, Olu Obada Oko, Oba Olufemi Solaja, and Baale Animasaun the Chairman of Igbore Council of Baales and Alhaji Tajudeen Akinsanya an elder from Laloko Village, had all spoken against what they described as the excesses of Oba Adeogun Ogunbona in Igboreland.
According to them, these include, police harassments, disruption of festivities, self-help in appointments of Baales and Oluwos, arrogating himself as having equal traditional powers with the Alake and the President of Egba Traditional Council and disrespect to Oluwo Anthony Oliyide and others.
In his defence, Oba Adeogun Ogunbona, denied ever claiming to have same traditional authorities with Alake, who he regarded as his overlord and mentor.
On being rude and crude to the Oluwo Igbore, Oba Ogunbona accused the Ologbon of insatiable appetite demands.
On self help in his sole appointment of a Baale without reference to the Alake, the prescribed authority, Oba Adeogun Ogunbona claimed that he was not aware that the Alake had appointed one, adding that his action of 2014, albeit inappropriate, predated Alake’s of 2016.
He however promised to cooperate with all stakeholders in promoting peace and harmonious relationship in Igboreland.
The Balogun of Igbore, Chief Lateef Lemboye, who had earlier protested his exclusion from representation to the settlement of the issues, however pleaded with the Alake and all the groups, calling for the removal of Oba Adeogun Ogunbona, to give him another chance, assuring them that the Oba would turn a new leaf.