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The Oyo State Government has waded into the land dispute between the Modeke and Obaago Quarters of Igboho in Oorelope Local Government, insisting that the administration of Governor ‘Seyi Makinde remains committed to the security of lives and properties.


The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, who met with the parties involved in the dispute, including the Alepata of Igboholand, Oba Joel Olawuwo and the Ona Onibode of Igboho, Oba Rasheed Jayeola, said the meeting became imperative to avert more losses of life and property, following the death of one Mr Idowu.

Addressing the two parties at the peace meeting held at the Governor’s Office, on Thursday, Barr. Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Lawal, noted that the provision of sufficient security, which is the primary function of any government, is the most crucial priority for the Makinde’s administration.

He added that the governor will continue to secure all residents of the state regardless of their political affiliations.

The Deputy Governor, who noted that he is extremely concerned about the security of Oorelope Local Government and would not tolerate any breach of peace, added that Igboho is his second home, as he had once lived and attended school there.

“We would never tolerate any crisis in the local government; instead, we would make sure that sanity returns to Igboho,” he declared, admonishing the royal fathers and everyone involved in the matter to allow peace to reign.

“If reports come and the reports are not favorable, we won’t hesitate to punish anyone, even royal fathers, and as such, we must act within the ambit of the law rather than letting the situation worsen.

“The two royal fathers are both close to me. They should never hesitate to knock at my door at anytime for peace to reign.

“They also need to define their relationship so that those they are governing over won’t be at the receiving end.

“You are royal fathers. And I pray that you live long on your thrones. We don’t pray for problem. But we need a background of what happened so that government can take a position”, the Deputy Governor added.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of Oorelope Local Government, Hon. Akeem Raheem, lamented the sad occurrence of a dispute over the ownership of some villages , which led to the death of one person.

He appealed to the Oyo Government and police to apprehend whoever is responsible for justice to prevail.

This was as he said that he has made converted efforts to resolve the crisis and ensure that peace reigns in the council, commending the Deputy Governor for his efforts towards ensuring peaceful coexistence in Igboho.

The Council chairman added that the local government will cooperate fully with the state and the security agencies to ensure that the peace of the community is not threatened any further.

Meanwhile, after the briefing of the background report, the Deputy Governor pleaded with the two royal fathers to put their differences behind them in order to restore peace to the community.

He remarked that the two opposing ringleaders in the dispute must realise that they have nowhere to flee and that they need to find a means of coming together.

He ordered them to make commitment towards restoring peace to the community, warning that failure to allow peace to reign will be melted with severe punishment.

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