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Osun Obaship Crisis : Ogedengbe family lays claim to Alatorin stool, accuses politicians of complicity

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The popular Ogedengbe family of Ijesa land has laid claim to the throne of Alatorin, saying its dynasty is the heir apparent of Atorin-Ijesa.

The family also maintained that the late legendary warlord, Ogedengbe Agbogungboro’s parents  founded and single handedly named the village Atorin, adding that he’s a royal founder and his lineage is automatically the rightful occupant of the stool of Atorin

Atorin village is housed by Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun State (now Atakumosa East Central LCDA).

The throne was left vacant following the demise of Barrister (OBA) Olufisayo Ogedengbe about two years ago.

Supreme Head of Ogedengbe Agbogungboro worldwide, HRH Mathew Oyekanmi Ogedengbe, the Obanla of Ijesaland, in a statement made available to Mega Icon Magazine recently, alleged that some politicians were threatening the peace of the land by subverting the process.

He added that certain misinformation about the right of succession to the stool of Alatorin were being peddled over in the public space by certain persons to satisfy their own selfish agendas.

Obanla, who described as unfortunate the alleged forceful installation of one Mr Omololu Afilaka on Saturday, 6th March 2021 as the Alatorin by Chief Sanya Omirin, also added that to “the entire Atorin community and the Ogedengbe dynasty, this kangaroo self- installation is not only laughable , embarrassing but ridiculous as Afilaka is never an indigine of Atorin”.

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Going down memory lane, Obanla Ogedengbe narrated, “Many of the Yoruba history books in primary, secondary and tertiary institution always reserve the interesting part of their writings to describe that warlord, that Generalissimo , that liberator who came from Atorin -Ijesa and settled down at Anaye Ilesa. All these writings, records and historical facts caption, Ogedengbe Agbogungboro came from ATORIN-IJESA in Atakumosa East Local Government of Osun state . The fact that Ogedengbe’s parent were the first settlers in Atorin Ijesa speaks more volume. The Ogedengbe parent single handedly named the village Atorin ( Cane ) .

“The couple used to quarel and at times the husband do make attempt to beat the wife, the husband now took her to where Atori tree is located and said, whenever we are arguing and you have no one to run to, since we are the only one here, run and embrace this Atori tree and I will forgive you instantly. This Atori tree will be our mediator in this wilderness. Hence the spot became Atorin till date.

“Both their adulterated story and genuine story revealed that Ogedengbe grew up and even made it in Atorin before he joined Ibadan warrior. Hence he is a royal founder and his lineage is automatically the rightful occupant of the stool of Atorin Community”, he declared.

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He further explained , “Just about 2 years ago when the late Alatorin, Barrister (OBA) Olufisayo Ogedengbe joined his ancestors, there have been lots of manipulation, permutations from Hon. Ajibola Famurewa and Sanya Omirin to sideline Ogedengbe Family from their right as the occupant of the stool by re-writing the history suddenly , with their power , they are now chiefs , now they are from Royal Family , even in their adulterated history, Ogedengbe is a visitor. Another version said he is from woman lineage of Atorin . What a slap to Ijesa entirety.

“The historical right has been trampled upon because of their weight politically. “Simultaneously, Hon. Ajibola Famurewa is also presenting his own brother, one Mr. Femi Famurewa as the choice of the people . People that came to farm on our land suddenly became the hier apparent to the throne.

“These two Politician from APC and PDP are seriously working to eradicate the history of Ogedengbe to satisfy their own wishes as it is known that Atorin Community is sitting on vast raw gold.

“As at now, the two warring politicians and their candidates have been causing civil unrest in the peaceful community of Atorin , wrestling the leadership among themselves with Cutlass and weapons. Even after their several years in governance, the road to Atorin-Ijesa Community is extremely bad. The only Primary School there is an eye sore.

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“The installations or coronation of two Political elements from both quarters is causing unrest in Atorin-Ijesa Community while the choice of the community is neglected and both are trying to pocket the history.

“The entire Ogedengbe Family will never sit and watch this happen, we shall not take law into our hands. But we shall fight to stop this illegality. The History of Ogedengbe is indelible”, the statement concluded.

The family, however urged Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the paramount ruler of Ijesaland , Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, the Chairman of Atakumosa East Central LCDA; among others to urgently wade into the crisis.

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Ekiti monarch hospitalised after near-death gunmen attack

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Oba Adetutu Ajayi , the traditional ruler of Ewu Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State has been hospitalised after he was shot by gunmen.

The monarch was shot Friday evening while in transit to a neighbouring town in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt that the gunmen rained gunshots on the official car of the monarch but he narrowly escaped death. Oba Ajayi, has since been hospitalised.

The attack on the monarch comes barely 24 hours after gunmen invaded a petrol station at Isan Ekiti in the same local government area and abducted the manager of the station, Itakorodo Adebayo, after sporadic gunshots.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Sunday Abutu who confirmed the attack, also assured that the police and other security outfits are determined to rid the state of criminal elements.

Abutu informed that the monarch is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital as the police command has swung into action to unravel those behind the criminal act and bring them to book.

“Despite the rigorous joint patrol, raiding of blackspots and combing of bushes/forests comprising the Amotekun Corps, vigilante groups, local hunters, chiefs, drivers union, motorcycle riders, farmers and other stakeholders carried out simultaneously on Friday across the 16 local governments areas of the state, some unknown gunmen mischievously defiled the operation, came out and attacked the Elewu of Ewu Ekiti, Oba Ajayi while he was on transit between Ewu Ekiti and Ayetoro Ekiti at about 1900 hours.

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“The operation was aimed at dislodging and apprehending the miscreants in their hideouts as directed by the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo.

“The Commissioner of Police, while assuring the general public that the perpetrators will be brought to book, has pledged that the Police Command shall continue to work with relevant security outfits, ministries, stakeholders, and organizations to ensure that criminality is brought to zero across the state.

“The spirit of officers of the Command and other supporting agencies and groups still remain high as the operation still continues indefinitely to stamp out the bandits,” Abutu submitted.

 

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Acting IGP retains Mba as Police publicist, appoints Inuwa as Force secretary

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The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively.

He re-appointed Mba as the Force spokesman for the third time while Owohunwa’s reappointment also made it the third time he would hold the position as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP.

Mba, who served as spokesman for the police twice before his latest reappointment, disclosed the developments in a statement on Friday

In a related development, IGP Baba also appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team.

The new force secretary takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Prior to his new appointment, Inuwa was the AIG in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State – covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands.

He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, among other strategic positions he held

Also, the IGP ordered the posting of some personal aides, including a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Idris Abubakar, as the PSO II to the IGP.

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Superintendents of Police (SP) Isah Abdulhamid and Nura Hanga were also posted as personal assistant and secretary to the police chief respectively.

Mba noted that the appointments and postings of the senior police officers and personal aides were with immediate effect.

“The senior police officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his management team in developing and implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilising internal security, modernising police operations, and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens,” the statement read.

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Residents lauds Oyo govt. security taskforce for efforts in taming hooliganism

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Sequel to painstaking and concerted efforts towards ensuring peace and a violence free society, Oyo State Government Security Taskforce  has been widely praised for its proactive efforts in taming acts of hooliganism in the state.

Ibadan residents, also paid glowing tributes to members of the Security Taskforce committee for their eagerness and readiness to rise against the suspected hoodlums who are terrorizing the notable places in the ancient city and its environs.

The showering of encomiums on Oyo Government Security Taskforce came in shortly after they mobilsed all the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and paramilitary officers to Idi-Aro, Kobomoje, Oranyan, Oja-Oba, Idi-Are re and others against the suspected hoodlums who are found culpable of terrorizing the places and subjecting the residents to tension, sleeplessness and fearful existence among others.

Report had it that the suspected hoodlums in the notable and famous places in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State have become untouchable and equally administering illegal governance, while they were alleged to have been precipitating the dastardly acts to make  people to live in fear and while many have been relocating from the areas.

Members of the Taskforce under the leadership of former Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser on security to Governor Seyi Makinde were said to have mobilsed all the security men to the places where the suspected hoodlums have been alleged of setting many houses ablaze and render the occupants homeless.

Jamiu Sulaiman, a resident of Idi-Aro Ibadan, expressed appreciation to the State Government Security Taskforce for rising against the miscreants whose duties are premised on causing lawlessness, social disorder and residents’ sleeplessness in the community among other notable places in Ibadan.

Sulaiman , also commended the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Aro  Division, Sp Akinwande Aruna for his selflessness, readiness and professionalism exhibited to get rid of all the miscreants who are making the community tensioned on daily basis.

In a related development , Kayode Samuel, who hailed from Oja-Oba Ibadan lauded the Fatai Owoseni – led Security Taskforce, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, Oyo State Police Command, Fredrick Faseun Group of Oodua Peoples Congress, Elder Mogaji Oloko, Soludero Security Outfit, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Amotekun Security Network and others for their strength, patriotism and determination to stand up against the miscreants, in order to restore peace in the affected areas.

Samuel added that the combined efforts of Law Enforcement Agents and paramilitary officers had no doubt yielded fruitful results for the restoration of peace, togetherness and peaceful coexistence across the length and breadth of pacesetter state.

He, therefore encouraged them to summon more courage and exhibit professional tactics and strategies against the suspected hoodlums who are making people of the state to live in fear.

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