The Olu of Ileogbo in Council says, raging contentions on land ownership between Ileogbo and Iwo kingdoms are disputes on boundary adjustments rather than land grabbing or racketeering.
In a statement on behalf of the Council titled, Ileogbo- Iwoland disputes,the Legitimacy of Rights,the Baba Oba in General of Ileogbo kingdom, Engineer Akintola Dele frowned at attempts to throw mud on the image of The Olu of Ileogbo kingdom,Oba Abeeblah Adetoyese Agbaje Arowookunjoye11 over land matters involving the two kingdoms.
The Olu of Ileogbo in Council has in a resolution condemned an On- line publication by the Forum of Iwo princes which accused Oba Arowookunjoye 11 of illegal seizure of lands belonging to the people.
Engineer Akintola Dele frowned at the publication which he described as a ploy to create schisms between the Revered Royal father and his subjects,adding that all issues relating to land tenureship within Ileogbo and it’s border communities have extant laws governing every transaction.
Answering questions from Journalists,the Hgh – Chief expressly stated the Legitimacy of Rights on lands in Ileogbo are clearly supported by history,native laws and customs and recognized by western laws.
” I wish to state unequivocally that the issue of land dispute between the OLUWO and Olu of Ileogbo is not about land racketeering,it’s rather on issue of boundary adjustments and the case is before Osun state Boundary Commission.”
Engineer Akintola Dele said further that the Commission has directed both parties in the land dispute to respect the status quo.
“As to the Commission,both OLUWO and Olu of Ileogbo should maintain the status quo for now which implies that Okesagi and Asalu Ouarters of Iwo residing on Ileogbo lands should stop selling any portion of the lands henceforth..” He added.
In apparent reference to the prefix,Iwoland” being claimed by OLUWO of Iwo,Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi,on parcels of land owned by Iwo natives through their ancestors, Engineer Akintola Dele clarified that such claims do not include communities demarcated by the local government boundaries.
The Baba Oba of Ileogbo kingdom said the existing survey map detailing all lands within the boundary of Ileogbo and Iwo between Ali Aderibigbe and others versus Salimonu Amao and seven others as authenticated by court judgements is part of documents tendered by the Olu of Ileogbo before the Boundary Adjustment Commission.
The Olu of Ileogbo in Council reiterate s the imperatives of peaceful co-existence among communities within the jurisdiction of Olu of Ileogbo and expressed its desire to maintain law and order in line with court judgements while asserting the will of its people to defend their rights in accordance with the law.