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Special Interview: Disagreement with Agbowu, My Story, By Oluwo of Iwo

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It is no longer news that Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, had an altercation with Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Sikrulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting over land matters in the Osun State capital, Osogbo.

After an alleged assault on Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Sikrulahi Akinropo, at the meeting held in the presence of police AIG, the Oluwo of Iwoland was suspended for six months by the Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers.

In a special interview, Oba Akanbi narrated his story to WESTERN POST, saying the issue was being distorted.

He said his actions were corrective measures to checkmate the wrongdoing of some monarchs in his Iwoland domain.

Oluwo of Iwo, a first class traditional ruler, is the deputy chairman of Osun Council of Traditional Rulers and the Chairman of Iwoland Traditional Council with about 35 other Obas under him.

Oba Akanbi said the monarchs were selling one land to three to four speculators without the consent of the family who originally owns the land.

He alleged that at the meeting in the presence of Police AIG, Agbowu of Ogbaagba went far as attempting to turn him to a blind man by poking his staff of office at his eyes.

“Historically and traditionally, Oluwo settled Ogbaagba where they are today as against the lies being peddled around. I have the papers of how I settled and crowned about 35 monarchs under me,” Oba Akanbi told WESTERN POST.

Backing his claims with evidence of Agbowu’s subservience to him, Oluwo said: “Iwoland goes beyond Ogbaagba and it’s my duty to protect this land not because of me or the present generation, but because of the future generation- This is my sin!

“Iwo land is almost gone to land speculators and land grabbers just for peanuts.

“Iwo land must be protected which is what I’m doing. I know posterity will vindicate me. Everyone can sell his or her personal land. A king can as well sell his. It is barbaric seeing a king selling his subjects’ land for peanuts with impunity.”

Letter written and signed by the then Baale of Ogbaagba (the same Sikirulahi Olaleke Akinropo) requesting for a beaded crown from Oluwo and as well narrating how they (Ogbaagba) sought for permission to settle within Iwo domain.

Oluwo said he received complaints about unlawful sale of land daily, stating that, “Imagine a king selling one land to three to four speculators without the consent of the family who originally owns the land?”

He said the same Agbowu of Ogbaagba who lied to the public that he does not answer to Oluwo of Iwo land had pleaded to Oluwo to be crowned  monarch alongside 34 others.

Another letter written and signed by the then Baale of Ogbaagba (the same Sikirulahi Olaleke Akinropo) requesting for a beaded crown from Oluwo and as well narrating how they (Ogbaagba) sought for permission to settle within Iwo domain.

Oluwo said monarchs are not estate managers or land agents, stating that affected monarchs in his kingdom would not feed on his subjects land and go away with it.

“Steps are in top gear to revoke all lands illegally acquired by kings and sold to land speculators. Modern system respects protocol and the right of every individual who owns land to their land.

“The towns in Iwoland are choked. Of what moral and traditional justification is land selling to the living standard of a town or city whose kings have sold their future (land)?”

 

 

 

 

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