Gruesome Killing Of Olu Of Agodo: Imo Egba Chiefs Warn Owu Chief, Blogger Against Distortion of Facts - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Gruesome Killing Of Olu Of Agodo: Imo Egba Chiefs Warn Owu Chief, Blogger Against Distortion of Facts

               •Slain Oba Ayinde Odetola



The Daily Crucible | Thursday, February 24, 2022

By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The Imo Council of Chiefs in Egbaland has cautioned chief Ajani Sotade and his enabler(s) against perverting the time tested history and cherished tradition of Ago Odo community in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The chiefs who expressed shock and displeasure that after they had earlier painstakingly enlightened the good people of Ogun State about Ago Odo town, her  people and status of their traditional ruler, late Oba Odetola Ayinde, an elderly chief called Ajani Sotade and who claimed to be Baale of Agodo could wake up to mislead unsuspecting members of the public.

Reacting to claim and insinuation made by the said Sotade in a Facebook story that was produced by a blogger as the anchor man, the Imo Council of Chief dismissed Sotade's claim as "tissues of lies from the pit of hell."

The chiefs, therefore, warned the radio presenter not to allow himself to be used to stoke ember of anger from grieving community over their bereavement.

 "Only God knows what this Owu people are after. We have published the letter of his Appointment and gazette by the Ogun state government whose political head was also an Owu man"

 "It is sad that a self acclaimed journalist that is only known as radio presenter will in concert with one of the settlers in Agodo will spearhead the spreading of falsehood concerning the Status of Oba Ayinde Odetola in Agodo.

"Their elders have made this uncomplimentary remarks and we have controverted it. And for this eighty something years old man to be distorting facts of history at this time is an indication that old age has set in and his memory might not be as sharp as when he was younger.

"Agodo community is an Imo Egbaland township with a Baale that was installed in 2017 and elevated to the status of an Oba in 2019 before he was brutally murdered in 2022 by the yet to be identified assailants."

The Daily Crucible reports that in the last couple of weeks, Ago Odo community has been contending with issues pertaining to the status of its slain traditional ruler, Oba Odetola Ayinde.

Oba Odetola and three of his workers were assassinated  recently by hoodlums, who also set them ablaze.

The hoodlums had swooped on him after they had invaded his palace, held in terror before killing him alongside his aides.

But shortly after the dastard killing, a row erupted over his status with the Olowu-in-Council, Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta saying that on no occasion did the Agodo community, with a Baale in situ, contest or apply to Olowu or Alake  Egbaland for the uplifting of their Baale to Coronet. 

In a statement dated January 26 and credited to Chief Ishola Akinsipo, the Akogun Owu on behalf of Olowu-in-Council, Owu Kingdom, he claimed that Agodo village which is a multi-clan community from Abeokuta had been in peace since ages until six years ago when some hoodlums besieged the environment to grab the community's land.

Akinsipo stated further that reports available to Owu Kingdom indicates that the man who claimed to be Oba in Agodo village had been involved in land disputes with Agodo people which had stired bad blood among hoodlums, the late monarch and the Agodo community. 

The Akogun Owu recalled that in 2016,  Agodo village was thrown into a turmoil following an alleged attempt by the man and some thugs to bury a corpse in Agodo village as a decoy to establish ancestry to the land, saying it worths calling to question, "who recommended him to both Egba Traditional Council and the Ministry of Local Goverment and Chieftaincy Affairs" to become a Coronet Oba.
 
But the Imo Traditional Council of Egbaland swiftly came out in defense of their late colleague, declaring that he was a duly appointed traditional ruler.

The council which shows off some documents, including letter of notification dated July 12, 2016, certificate of chieftaincy title reference number 000832 signed by Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and appointment letter by Ogun State Government with reference number CHM.1/85/9 dated April 17,2018, to buttress their claim, recalled that a notification letter sent to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which was received on July 13, 2016 indicated that the deceased was appointed by the council to head the community.

The council in the letter signed by Chief Dauda Amodu, explained that, Odetola was appointed as the village head (Baale) in 2016, before his subsequent promotion by the Ogun State Government as the coronet Oba in 2018.

"The above named traditional council of chiefs  hereby notify the appointment of our Baale, Chief Odetola Olajide Ayinde of Agodo village, Yobo/Asa ward, Ewekoro local government, Itori. Thanks for your cordial assistance for our community," the letter reads  

 The council of chiefs in furtherance to their claim in the approval letter for upgrading of Odetola, signed by Dolapo Adewunmi, Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the monarch was advised to liase appropriately with Egba Traditional Council

"I have the greatest pleasure to inform Kabiyesi that in accordance with the Sub-Sections (1) and (2) of section 25 of the Chiefs Law, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006, the Government of Ogun State of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the first Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Olu of Agodo in Ewekoro Local Government Area with effect from 11th April, 2018," the letter reads

"I am to convey to Kabiyesi, on behalf of the State Government, hearty congratulations on this appointment and to wish Kabiyesi good health, long life and many years of peaceful and prosperous reign’, the letter emphasied

"Kabiyesi is advised to liaise with the Egba Traditional Council for further briefing. It is important to note that the remuneration attached to your stool will be settled by the Egba Traditional Council after it has been properly integrated into their budget. Once again, accept my hearty congratulations," Adewunmi wrote.

Also, another document made available by the council showed that, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo approved the appointment of the late monarch, to counter an attempt by a group in the community to install a parallel community head.

The letter followed alleged move by the suspected group to cause break down of law and order in the community, which necessitated the Alake to write the Commissioner of Police on January 17, 2017 to curtail such move.

Expectedly, Odetola had earlier written a petition to the Paramount Ruler in respect of the alleged move to former trouble in the community and install a parallel traditional ruler, prompting the Alake to act swiftly and affirmed his approval of the appointment and installation of the deceased(Oba Odetola).

"Please find attached herewith a protest letter from Chief Odetola Olajide Ayinde who was installed by me as the Baale of Agodo village in Ewekoro Local Government of Ogun State. A copy of his Baaleship certificate number OK.IV/00832 dated 2nd October,2015 is attached herewith please’, Alake told police commissioner

"Chief Odetola has reported that another Baale is to be installed on Saturday, 21st January, 2017 in the same village by Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu. I have tried  to reach the Olowu to find out the situation, but I have not succeeded’, he wrote

"Meanwhile, I will endeavour to get the Olowu to cancel any installation of a parallel Baale, if it is true that the planning to install one. In the meantime, please do everything possible to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in that small community. Thank you for your usual cooperation," Gbadebo emphasized.

Earlier, an Agodo chief, Adekunle Olajide, had also countered the position of the Olowu -in - Council on the assassinated monarch, saying Oba Adetola Ayinde was until his brutal elimination, the Olu of Agodo town.

Olajide pointed to a letter, which emanated from the State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and signed by Director, Chieftaincy Affairs, Dolapo Adewumi dated 17th April, 2018, and addressed to Oba Odetola Olajide Ayinde, Olu of Agodo, Aàfin Agodo, conveying notice of the appointment of the late monarch as Coronet Oba by the Ogun State Government.

The letter read: "I have the greatest pleasure to inform Kabiyesi that in accordance with Sub Section (1) and (2) of Section 25 of the Chiefs Law, Laws of Ogun of Nigeria, 2006, the government of Ogun State of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the first Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Olu of Agodo, Agodo in Ewekoro local government area with effect from 11th April, 2018."

"Kabiyesi is advised to liaise approximately with the Egba traditional council for their briefing."


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