Group Calls For Removal Of Oyo Traditional Ruler Over Alleged Land Grabbing

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

A group, Save the Poor and Needy Charity Initiative (SPANCI) on Monday called for the removal of Alamura of Amura in Oriire Local Government Area in Oyo State, Oba Samuel Olakunle over allegations of land grabbing and other related offences.

SPANCI in a statement by its President, Comrade Yemi Ezekiel Bello, said that Oba Olakunle has been allegedly prosecuted by the Oyo State Government through the office of the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the the state on four count charges relating to land grabbing, conspiracy and forceful entry.

The group maintained that the state taskforce on real property protection and anti-land grabbing law allegedly found him culpable after investigation, adding that, “it is wrong for the same state that prosecuted him to still honour him and present him staff of office as an Oba”.

SPANCI then appealed to Gov Makinde to immediately remove Olakunle as Alamura of Amura, saying, “We want to appeal through this medium to his Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde who is known for being a credible and law abiding governor and Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters to immediately remove Deacon Olakunle Samuel the Alamura of Amura land in Ikoyi Ile, Orire local government area Ogbomoso as Oba for the reasons as follows:

  • That he has been prosecuted by Oyo state government through the office of the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General Oyo state ministry of Justice on about four count charges relating to land grabbing, conspiracy, forceful entry etc after the state taskforce on real property protection and anti-land grabbing law found him culpable after investigation.
  • That after he got staff of office he allegedly sent one Olakunle Bayo, Biola jako and others back on the same Ilodo’s land for which he was prosecuted by state before even when the matter is still before the court of competent jurisdiction and has been warned by the task force against self help pending the decision of the court.
  • That he has also allegedly conspired with officer Jimoh Salawu and the Owode area commander’s ACO who is believed as next to the area commander to stop Ilodo members from entering their land for farming and probably maliciously arrest and prosecute them in an ogbomoso court on a matter which police lacks power.

“We hereby also appeal to the IGP, AIG ZONE 11 and the Oyo CP to caution the men of Owode area command to immediately withdrawal themselves from the land matters upon which the state has prosecuted their client Alamura of Amura land and which is still before the court.

“We have written a petition to the honorable Commissioner for Justice and attorney general Oyo state ministry of justice and attached the his about four counts charge sheet as we have also informed Ogbomoso NBA chairman of the involvement of the said lawyer in illegality and disrespect to court”.

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