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Monday, April 19, 2021

Royal Feud : Ogun monarch Denies Plotting To Harm Fellow Oba






From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Ewusi of Makun, Sagamu, Oba Timothy Oyesola Akinsanya on Sunday refuted allegations by the Oniraniken of Iraniken, Sagamu, Oba Adewale Adeniji, that the Ewusi was "after his life" since March 31 this year.

Oba Adewale Adeniji had claimed in a report that hoodlums stormed his palace on Thursday, April 8,  in an early morning attack and were in a hectoring tone, demanding to know where the Kabiyesi  was as of the time and when they could not find him, the hoodlums pounced on his wife, beat her up, dispossessed her of N400,000 cash and carted away power generator and phones before escaping.

Oba Adeniji accused Ewusi of Makun, Oba Timothy Akinsanya of being the prime suspect because he(Ewusi) allegedly led his people in a protest at the palace of Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi and had during the protest, gave him(Oba Adeniji) a week ultimatum to relinquish the ownership of a farmland at Okerala via Simawa which he claimed an Ogun State High Court sitting in Sagamu had in 2018 and 2020 decided in favour of his(Adeniji's) Osoedu family.
 

The traditional ruler did explain that the attack on his palace took place on the  day the seven days ultimatum slammed on him by the Ewusi and his people, expired and therefore, asked the State government and security agencies to hold the Ewusi of Makun, Oba Timothy Akinsanya responsible should anything evil happened to him or his household.

But responding to the allegations on Sunday, Oba Timothy Akinsanya dismissed it as a "cheap blackmail," "mischievous" and "tissue of lies" woven by Oba Adeniji to deflect the public's attention to his land grabbing activities that left many in the four villages of Okerala, Oko - Iwaju, Ipa and Kanuyi evicted from their homes.

Refuting through a statement by the Secretary, Makun Traditional Council, High Chief Emmanuel Mayungbo, the Ewusi challenged Oba Adeniji to tell the world the Police station where he reported the alleged attack and the hospital his was treated after being beaten blue and black as claimed by him.
 
He stated: "We however wondered when peaceful protest organised to bring to the hearing of the authorities concerned the landgrabbing activities of Oniraniken and the pitiable plight of our people in over 14 Makun communities such as Kanuyi, Okerala, Oko-Iwaju, Ipa among others, who were being chased away from their homesteads by some landgrabbers planted there by Oniraniken could now amount to threat to life.

The traditional council said that the two peaceful protests to the palace of Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi was to seek for his support in finding lasting solution to the farmland under dispute and not for any other thing saying that it was however unfortunate for Oba Adewale Adeniji to have resorted to such cheap blackmail of crying wolf where there was none as the Ewusi of Makun, Sagamu, Oba Timothy Akinsanya would not for whatever reason go after anybody's life.

The traditional council said just two days ago, eight landgrabbers who were allegedly working for Oniraniken at Oko-Iwaju, Simawa area of Sagamu were arrested by police operatives from the Force headquarters, Abuja.

The traditional council maintained that the Ewusi, Oba Timothy Akinsanya remained a law abiding and peace loving Nigerian who hold Oniraniken family, especially his wives in very high esteem and would never do anything to harm them or any other people urging Oniraniken too, Oba Adeniji to desist from alleged landgrabbing activities in Makun villages.

But the Oniraniken, Oba Adeniji stood his ground that the farmland under dispute belongs to his Osoedu family as declared by the judgements of Ogun State High Courts sitting in Sagamu in 2018 and January 2020, denying being a land-grabber as alleged by Ewusi of Makun and his people.

Oba Adewale Adeniji said:"Rather than inciting people and causing crisis where there is none, once a court of competent jurisdiction gave a judgement on a matter, I think the right thing is to either abide by such judgement or seek for redress in a higher court.

"That's what I expect those having interest over this family farmland should do and not to be heating up polity through unnecessary protest. I equally request that Gov Dapo Abiodun should set up Judicial panel of inquiry on this matter to get it resolved once and for all. The truth however remains that Makun people have no land whatsoever in all these communities"

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