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Governor Adeleke prohibits Monarch from selling land in Osun

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The government of Osun State has prohibited the Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Oba Agbaje Okunjoye, from selling land in his domain.

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The prohibition was announced by Osun State Attorney General and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Akande Oluwafemi Jimoh and Dosu Babatunde, in response to various petitions alleging land grabbing in the monarch’s domain.

“The decision becomes necessary to put an end to frequent alleged cases of landgrabbing by the monarch within Ileogbo and surrounding villages,” the duo said in a statement.

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“Many people from Ile-Ogbo township, Eleni, and Moomu Abimbola villages have written several petitions against the Oba Abeeb on his royal conducts of forceful acquisition and sales of subjects’ land, and subsequent intimidation of innocent land owners using the judiciary and the police.”

Oba Okunjoye is barred from engaging in land deals or employing any of his palace friends to forcefully acquire citizens’ land.

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He was instructed to warn his emissaries and accomplices, primarily the leader of the Ile-Ogbo princes, Gbadewolu Oyelami Kasali, and other chiefs he reportedly employs to do the illegality.

“In addition to numerous newspaper articles, we have received petitions accusing the Palace and office of the Olu of Ile-Ogbo, HRM Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje Arowo Okunjoye II of forcible land acquisition and sales.”

“The majority of those publications and petitions implicate the state government as an accomplice.” It was plainly published on the top page of The Guardian Newspaper just two days ago, of helpless people begging government intervention. To maintain the integrity of our administration and create a peaceful environment in Ile-Ogbo and surrounding communities, the Olu of Ileogbo should refrain from engaging in any land transactions within the Ayedire Local administration pending our investigation.”

“We formed a committee to investigate and produce a report and recommendations.” The caution should be followed. Anyone whose land has been stolen unfairly or forcibly should contact the Osun State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.”

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