Traditional Ruler Testifies Before Osun Commission Of Enquiry On Land Dispute

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

Not pleased by the allegation that Ede town took the compensation paid by the Osun state government for the land where the MKO Airport is situated, a foremost traditional ruler in the state, the Olojudo of Ido-Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015 appeared before the Osun State Commission of Enquiry on Communal Clashes and Land Disputes set up by the state government.

The commission under the chairmanship of Justice Jide Falola was set up by Governor Rauf Aregbesola as part of efforts to resolves various disputes among communities in the state and ensure peace and tranquillity among the people.

The monarch argued that Ede deceived the state government that it was the original owner of the land, which he said belongs to Ido-Osun.

Recall that various communities including Osogbo, the state capital had appeared and presented memorandum to the commission over Oke-pupa Abere land dispute while Ido-Osun on Tuesday, also presented its own memorandum.

Counsel to Ido-Osun community, Mr W.O. Wemimo told the commission that it was necessary for Ido-Osun to set records straight on the claims of Ede community over the land where the MKO Abiola Airport was situated.

Appearing before the commission, Oba Aderemi tendered several documents which were admitted by the commission as evidence.

The monarch said Ede people were threatening his subjects and called for permanent peace among the communities.

While stressing that he was not after the money paid to Ede, Oba Aderemi noted that he wanted the state government to recognise that the land belongs to Ido-Osun.

He also added that the address of the airport should reflect State Capital Territory rather than reflecting Ede.

The President of Ido-Osun Descendants Union, Alhaji Gbadebo Ajao who also appeared before the commission while tendering some documents urged the commission to painstakingly investigate the matters so as to be able to find lasting solution to the disputes.

Meanwhile, a professor from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife who delivered a special lecture said there would be no peace without justice and then charged all parties to allow peace to reign in the state.

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