Oyetola holds peace meeting with Ifon, Ilobu monarchs over land dispute…Warns against violence

By Peter Akinbote, Osogbo

The Osun State governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has warned that he would not tolerate any act that threatens peace and security of residents of the state.

The governor spoke on Thursday at a peace meeting with the traditional rulers and leaders of Ifon, the headquarters of Ifon-Orolu Local Government and Ilobu in Irepodun council area.

In attendance at the meeting held at Government House in Osogbo, the state capital were
the traditional rulers of the two communities, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Al-Maroof Adekunle Magbagbeola, and the Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan.

Other in attendance include the deputy governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; the Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Femi Akande.

Also in attendance were the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adebayo Adeleke; Special Adviser to Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Rasak Adeosun; Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Mr. Undie Adie; and the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Prince Gboyega Famodun.

There have been a lingering land tussle between the two communities but recently fresh crisis is gradually brewing over the same matter.

Responding swiftly to the brewing crisis, the governor called for a meeting to broker peace and restore unity between the two warring communities in order to prevent breach of public peace and loss of lives and property in the area.

At the meeting held for several hours, the governor urged the two communities to maintain peace with each other, warning that full weight of the law would be visited on anybody or party that engages in any act of violence.

At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that the two communities should stay off the disputed land until the matter is amicably resolved.

It was further resolved that farmers from Ilobu, farming on Ifon land and vice versa should be allowed to go back to the farm lands without let or hindrance and without molestation.

The governor, who implored the two traditional rulers to talk to their subjects and ensure that peace continues to reign in the land, said: “Osun has been the most peaceful State in Nigeria and we must maintain that record by ensuring that we allow peace to prevail by loving one another. Love has no boundary.

“Your subjects willl watch out for your body languages. Therefore, you must watch your utterances. We will settle land dispute. But we cannot bring back any life that is lost in the process. So, we must do everything to maintain peace. ”

In their separate remarks, the two monarchs, who signed peace accord, assured the state government of their readiness to be law abiding citizens.

They pledged to continue to promote peace and prevail on their respective subjects to eschew violence.

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