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Obaship: Declare Onihunbo stool vacant, rights group tells Ogun Govt

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Akin Olayemi
….Wants Government to set up independent Commission of Enquiry

A human rights body, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has urged the Ogun State Government under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun to declare the traditional seat of Onihunbo of
Ihunbo vacant over what it perceived as illegal and untraditional imposition of a known smuggler,bunkerer and Land-grabber,one Mr.
Joseph Olamide Adesiyan as monarch of the ancient town.

It also described the Mr. Adesiyan as fake monarch,who should stop parading himself as monarch in and outside the State for wanton of due process as contained in the order of rotation in 1956/1957 Ihunbo
Chieftaincy declaration and Court Affidavit of Princess Victoria Adenike Fagbohun(nee Kilanko Adeyemi) dated 27th day of February,2018.

The ancient town of Ihunbo in Ipokia Local Government area of the
State has been engulfed in Obaship and Community crisis since Friday
17th of March,2017 at about 7.29pm when Adesiyan, Mr. Fatai Isiaka
and Mr. Babajide Titus ( aka- Oppressor) led  46 Armed thugs with the
supervision of men of  Nigeria Police Force (NPF) coordinated by one
ACP Samuel Titus and 21 men of 192 Battalion of Nigeria Army base in
Owode-Yewa,to burn down the Onihunbo’s palace on the support of former
Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s elder brother, Alhaji Abidoye Amosun
popularly called “Alhaji Agba”.

They embarked on  illegal and brutal journey on the Chieftaincy matter
then as part of their efforts to impose Adesiyan as Onihunbo through
backdoor, forgetting that power was transient in this life and
believing that they have the backing of the then Governor Ibikunle
Amosun who has immunity to do anything as they wanted then.

It added that immediately they burnt down the Onihunbo’s palace,they
turned Adesiyan’s private residence to the palace where they made
him(Adesiyan) illegal monarch and this was against the norms and
customs of Yoruba traditional institution.

It alleged that the perpetrators of the evil and dastard act against
the innocent citizens of the Ihunbo Community have been striving hard
to pervert the cause of justice on the matter since all this
while,particularly, during Ibikunle Amosun administration.

The human rights body then urged the Prince Dapo Abiodun led
administration to set up Independent Panel of Enquiry which would
comprise of members of International human rights organization like
Amnesty International and others in order to unravel the truth
surrounding the whole scenario in respect of Obaship tussle in Ihunbo.

According to signed Petition Letter dated 14th of December,2020 by the
CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman and copies
were made available to newsmen on Tuesday.

The letter forwarded to the Executive Governor of the State,Prince
Dapo Abiodun, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, State
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and State Commissioner
for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The letter read thus;
“In view of this, it is giving us the authourity to file this protest
petition letter to your reputable office on behalf of the Principal
complainants, petitioners and authentic citizens of Ogun State and
indigene of Ihunbo town in Ipokia Local Government area.The
petitioners are;Alfa Akeem Babatunde,Mr. Sola Fadairo and Alhaji
Abubarkar Salami and they are also the victims of the indubitable
facts that jungle rule of delusive demagogues and desperadoes are
being satanically entrenched in Ihunbo town, perpetrated by all
aforementioned perpetrators and their security personnel since 2017
uptill today with the series of evidences to prove it.

“Which we promised to provide and present at the panel of Inquiry or in anywhere you call us upon to defend and present it as acknowledgements, annexures and exhibits to your office for your perusal in order to assist the committee to quickly grant the petitioners and victims their request.

“Conversely,it is rather unfortunate and surprise that the matter was later metamorphosing into the different criminal nature like physical attacked, peculiar assault, common assault, attempted murder and killing of innocent souls in Ihunbo town and its environs with other fullisade of threats alleged to have been fired at the authentic indigenes of the town by those leaders of hoodlums including;Mr. Olamide Adesiyan.

“In view of the foul play sorounding the issue,we observed that their whole actions abinitio premised on frivolity,illegality, callousness and unmitigated barbarism as evidences presented in this Petition
Letter”.

It submitted that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing
Justice and truth and “fiat justitiae ruat column” means let justice
be done even if heaven will fall.

It therefore, urged the State Governor and other authorities concerned to use their good offices to expedite necessary action in a jiffy to
address the issues raised by treating all the necessary documents  attached to the protest letter with utmost priority.

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