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Ondo Land Dispute: Araromi Obu People Okay Gov. Akeredolu’s Decision, Await Committee’s Findings

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By Temitope Adedeji, Akure

Two communities in Ondo State have been in the news in recent times over the land dispute that has claimed lives and property worth millions of naira also destroyed.

However, the dispute is mainly between the lkale and the people of Araromi Obu, who have been living together from the time immemorial.

The bloody clash ensued between the two communities on July 16, 2019, where people from Araromi Obu were brutally wounded by the Ikales who were said to be settlers in Ago-Alaye, a community in Araromi Obu.

The intervention of security men from all quarters subdued the killings and wanton destruction of property in Ago Alaye.

The elders of the two communities have been invited severally by security agencies in the state for a lasting solution to the crisis but which all efforts proved abortive.

The blame game started immediately Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu intervened in the matter, complimenting the efforts of security agencies, comprising the police and the men of the State Security Services.

Akeredolu was accused by the lkale chiefs of being biased over the issue. The leader of the lkale people, Major Gen. Olu Bajowa(rtd), made the assertion in Akure, the Ondo state capital last week, during a press conference. He accused the governor of taking side.

Touched by the accusation, Governor Akeredolu said all he wanted is peace, which made him set up a committee that will end the crisis.

The committee was inaugurated last week and saddled with the responsibility of bringing a lasting solution to the issue and put an end to it once and for all.

In furtherance of the accusation levelled against the governor by the lkale people, the Araromi Obu elders, headed by Senator Omololu Meroyi, said in Akure, on Saturday that the governor had never for once put his weight behind Aroromi Obu, but that he knows that the land in question belongs to them.

Senator Meroyi said the lkale people suddenly came to lay claim to the land because of the rubber plantation in the area, which has been known for centuries with Araromi Obu.

At a press conference held recently by the people of Araromi Obu in Akure, they commended the governor for his prompt intervention which has resulted in the restoration of peace to the area and its environs.

The people of the area condemned in strong term what they called the ignoble conduct and vituperation of Gen. Bajowa.

They alleged that Gen. Bajowa’s language was not only uncouth but deliberately concocted to tarnish the image of the governor as the Chief Security Officer of the state whose major preoccupation has been the maintenance of peace and well-being of the people of the state.

 

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