The people of Iwo and Ogbaagba on Tuesday staged a solidarity walk in support of their monarch, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdurrosheed Adewale Akanbi over the recent clash with Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Sikirullahi Akinropo Olabiran III.
The people who stormed the streets of Iwo as early as 8am were seen, stated that Oba Akanbi was only defending the defenceless, whose lands have been taken and sold by Agbowu.
The protesters, who were led by High Chief Prince Abolosodun Adebayo and Prince Adedapo Omotosho Adio, the Mogaji of Isale Oba in Iwo, started that solidarity walks at the palace, moved across Ilori, Ori eru, water works, Oke Ifa, Akaso and terminated it at the palace.
They alleged that the Obas and Baales in Iwo land are becoming too arrogant and disrespectful to the stool of Oluwo, who’s the paramount ruler in the kingdom.
Speaking with the newsmen, Chief Adebayo said the solidarity walk is to inform the general public and the government on the real issue in Iwo land and to correct the wrong impression sent into the media by the Obas.
He narrated that the monarchs and Baales have on August 8, 2019 during their monthly meetings held in the palace of Oluwo agreed to stop selling lands to avert brewing crisis.
According to Adebayo, “Many families in Iwo, Ogbaagba and other towns have come to the palace to report the unlawful seizure and sales of the ancestral lands. These Obas would after collecting their subjects land, send whoever protest against them to remands.
“During the August 8 meeting, which was also attended by Agbowu, the council agreed to stop selling lands. However, Agbowu and some Obas have refused to comply with this resolution. What we, the people of Iwo, Ola-Oluwa and Ayedire want is that government should call Agbowu, Onigege, Olu Ileogbo and others to order as we want a peaceful Iwo land,” Adebayo said.
Speaking on behalf of Oosa family in Ogbaagba, Akinyode Herekiana said they have decided to join the solidarity walk because they believe Oluwo is fighting for them.
Akinropo, who was supported by Amusa Josiah and Amos Olabode alleged that the Agbowu of Ogbaagba has sold over fifty acres of their land despite having supreme court judgement in their favour.
“Oluwo is defending the lands of Iwo land from those selling it indiscriminately. We are here to show the world that the family of Oosa in Ogbaagba are with Oluwo. We are not happy with the way our lands are been seized and sold by Agbowu,” Akinropo declared.
Other people who spoke with newsmen are Semiu Adedemiji of Mokoti Adegun Royal Family in Iwo said Olu Ileogbo has sold their land and when he protested, he was arrested and remanded for some days in Correctional facility”.
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