Ikale/Araromi Obu Crisis: Community Leaders Risk Arrest

By: Ade Adeleke

The Panel of Inquiry set up by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to look into the crisis of land dispute between Araromi-Obu and Ikale (Ago Alaye) has recommended the arrest of any community or opinion leaders from the areas that make inflammatory comments on the conflict.

This is one of the recommendations made in a submitted report of the committee which was handed over to the Governor yesterday in his office, Alagbaka, Akure.

While submitting the report, the chairman of the Panel, Barr Tunde Atere, said the Panel proffers among other recommendations, that Leaders of Thoughts in both conflicting communities should, henceforth, refrain from utterances capable of reopening the wounds of the crisis, which he stressed is gradually healing.

He warned that any leader found breaching this should be appended and prosecuted for inciting to violence and breach of the peace.

Atere said the Panel also advised that the state Government need to establish an office of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution in the state, with the aim of keeping abreast of crisis situation in any community, pointing that a branch of the office is already existing in Ekiti State.

In order to acquire a deeper knowledge of the assignment, Atere said members of the Panel visited the National Archives, University of Ibadan, to obtain information from archival materials relevant to the areas of disputes.

He disclosed that a public sitting was also held at the premises of the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Akure from Wednesday 11th to Saturday 15th September, 2019, to take oral evidence from stakeholders, especially those who submitted memoranda.

The panel appreciated the Governor for the free hands given the members to operate, adding that there was no record of any form of interference from any Government quarters.

The Governor assured that the state government will look at the report and make use of the recommendation so as to ensure that there is peace in the community.

While receiving the report, Governor Akeredolu said:”On behalf of the people of the state and my humble self, I want to express our appreciation for the great work you have done. I note in particular that immediately your committee was set up, the communities involved immediately seized fire. We have not heard any untoward thing since you started your work.”

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