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Akure monarch, council boss fight over community heads

Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi and the Chairman of Akure North Local Government Area, Mr Bankole Ogbesetore, are at loggerheads over the removal of a community head, the Olu of Ilado Igbatoro, Chief Johnson Ajomole and subsequent appointment of Chief Ifedayo Joshua Afelumo as the traditional head of the community.

Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, and the Chairman of Akure North Local Government Area, Mr Bankole Ogbesetore, are at loggerheads over the removal of a community head, the Olu of Ilado Igbatoro, Chief Johnson Ajomole and subsequent appointment of Chief Ifedayo Joshua Afelumo as the traditional head of the community.

Trouble between them started after Oba Aladetoyinbo removed Chief Ajomole and appointed Chuef Afelumo, an action, the council boss kicked against.

Oba Aladetoyinbo said he has the traditional and legal powers to appoint minor chiefs, Olus and Baales in both Akure South and Akure North local government areas and as the paramount ruler of the kingdom.

Speaking through the Odopetu of Akure, Senior High Chief Olufemi Bello, the Akure Monarch said he removed Chief Ajelumo based on series of petition from members of the community, alleging him of arbitrariness and high handedness.

He explained that it was the family that wrote the petition passing a vote of no confidence on the community head.

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According to him: “Therefore, the appointment of Olus, Baales, Olojas in areas that historically, traditionally and culturally belongs to the Deji by Him is already a settled matter which is non-negotiable.

“This has no political colorations as it’s a purely a traditional affairs which borders on our cultural heritage and hegemony”, he said.

“From time immemorial, the entire Akure land has been under the hegemony of the Deji of Akure. By virtue of his said position, the Deji was the paramount ruler over the entire Akure land as well as being the consenting authority over all minor chiefs, Olus and Baales under him.

“It is a known fact that the Local Government does not appoint and cannot appoint Minor Chiefs as such action remains the prerogative of the Deji as the recognized Prescribed Authority for such purpose.”

But the Akure North council boss said the Deji’s kingdom does not extend beyond the borders of Akure South and had no traditional or legal right to appoint village heads beyond his territory.

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Ogbesetore urged the Akure monarch to limit his jurisdiction to his community and not dabble into other territories which were not under the purview of the Deji.

He said his administration does not recognise Chief Afelumo as Olu of Ilado-lgbatoro Community describing his installation as Olu as null, void and unconstitutional.

“I am using this medium to advise the said Olu to stop parading himself as Olu of Ilado-lgbatoro community henceforth as the Deji of Akure does not have any constitutional right to install any Chief in Akure North Local Government as earlier said”.

Ogbesetore had earlier petitioned the State Government through the Deputy Governor office, alerting on the looming crisis over the installation of parallel community heads in some communities by the Akure monarch.

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