Ekiti monarch denies illegal sale of land

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The embattled Olu-Iye of Iyemero in Ikole Local Government

Area of Ekiti State, Oba Agboola Ogungbemi, has denied

engaging in illegal sale of land and economic trees in the

town.

The monarch, who urged the public to discountenance the

allegations by members of Iyemero Progressive Union,

said the compensation paid by government on the land

acquired in the town was duly shared by the owners and

was not coordinated by the palace or his council.

The IPU, led by its National Chairman, Mr. Lawrence

Fatoyinbo, had last Saturday protested and accused the

king of forcefully seizing their lands , engaging in

harassment and illegal detention of indigenes and

deprivation of some chiefs of their monthly entitlements.

Oba Ogungbemi, who added that he had attracted about 20

developmental projects to the community through his

personal efforts and interaction with Ekiti State government,

said the allegations were concocted to tarnish his image

and pit him against his subjects.

He said, “Since I became king in March, 2,000, developing

the town has always been my preoccupation, contrary to

what was being painted by the IPU.

“I never arrested or detained any member of my

community since my assumption to the throne 16 years ago

with the exception of some hoodlums and well known thugs

who once invaded my palace with dangerous weapons. I

complained to the Director of SSS and CP who ordered their

arrest.

“I want to say that I have never sold a piece of land in

Iyemero. However, the previous administration actually

requested for a parcel of arable land for cassava cultivation

and production and this was released following due

consultation with Olu Iyemero-in-council and other key

members of the community.

“I want to say that all the chiefs are receiving their

monthly stipends. They received with the exception of one,

who has been staying away from meetings. But with the

intervention of Attah of Ayede Ekiti in the matter, I have

agreed to pay.”

The traditional Prime Minister of the community, Chief

Samuel Adebiyi, described the crisis in the town as a gang

up by a few aggrieved individuals, who he accused of

desperately working to depose the Oba.

Adebiyi, the Aro of Iyemero and a retired colonel in the

Nigerian Army, said “Government doesn’t pay

compensation for a land taken from any community, but

they used to pay compensation for the damaged crops and

economic trees.

“So, the N5 million paid for the land taken by government

for commercial cassava production was shared to the ebira

farm owners and the Ilisha family, who were directly

affected by the project.

“Infallibility belongs to God. He is the only person who

cannot make mistakes. We are calling on them to eschew

violence because nothing can be achieved under the

atmosphere of crisis and turbulence,” he said.


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