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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi today declared that the Eleyowo chieftaincy tussle has been laid to rest as Chief Ojo Boboye remains the Olu of Eleyowo community in Akure north local government area of Ondo state.
Chief Boboye and Chief Olomi Agunbiade had been at loggerhead over the Eleyowo chieftaincy, as Boboye was installed by the Deji while Agunbiade was installed as Olu of Eleyowo by the Oloba of Oba-Ile.
Agunbiade said Eleyowo was founded by a Prince of Oloba of Obaile and previous Olus at the community and himself were traditionally installed by Oloba while Deji of Akure insisted that only him has legal and lawful powers to appoint all minor chiefs, Olus and Baales in Akure north local government area as the consenting authority.
However, in a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Akure Monarch, Mr Michael Adeyeye, Oba Aladetoyinbo said the police was ready to enforce the judgement that recognizes his paramountcy and consenting authority over Akure north.
“It is equally important to say that Mr. Olomi Agunbiade had been strictly warned to desist from parading himself as the Olu of Eleyowo. We strongly believe that Mr. Olomi Agunbiade will comply without further hesitation.”
Below is the full text of the Deji’s latest press statement on Eleyowo chieftaincy tussle;
ELEYOWO CHIEFTAINCY TUSSLE LAID TO REST AS CHIEF OJO BOBOYE REMAINS THE OLU OF ELEYOWO
The Palace wish to inform the general public and the good people of Eleyowo Community that the tussle on the Eleyowo chieftaincy had been laid to rest.
This was sequel to the intervention of the Ondo State Police command to avert any possible breakdown of law and order.
It is important to emphasise that the police never took side on this matter but have to enforce court judgment and the position of the state government which had earlier confirmed the Deji of Akure as the prescribed and consenting authority for the appointment of Olus, Baales and Olojas in Akure North Local Government.
It is equally important to say that Mr. Olomi Agunbiade had been strictly warned to desist from parading himself as the Olu of Eleyowo. We strongly believe that Mr. Olomi Agunbiade will comply without further hesitation.
We wish to thank the Ondo state government and the police for being proactive and timely intervention which saved the situation.
The palace wish to urge the Olu of Eleyowo, Chief Ojo Boboye to continue to provide leadership and unite all warring faction not minding what has happened.
The Deji remains a father to all and will continue to pursue peace and development in all Akure Land.
Akure a gbe a oo
Chief Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure.
April 29, 2020.
Pix: Chief Boboye.
Reacting to the Deji’s statement, Chief Agunbiade through his lawyer, Barr Emmanuel Emodamori alleged that the police was biased in handling the matter, noting that it was strange to Yoruba culture and norms where the police would become a court of law where obaship tussle would be settled.
Chief Agunbiade said he remains the Olu of Eleyowo community and he would continue to act as such, insisting that the community has no traditional or legal linkage with Akure or Deji.
He promised to maintain the peace of the community despite illegal actions of Chief Boboye and the Akure Monarch.