Two conventional rulers within the Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State have traded words over boundary disputes.
The Aboro of Iboro, Oba Abayomi Salako, his chiefs and residents of the group have accused the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Luqmon Kuoye, of encroaching on lands which they mentioned belong to the Iboro group.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, the Aboro of Iboro mentioned Imasayi indigenes are their tenants, claiming that the current settlement occupied by Imasayi was given to them by their ancestors.
Our correspondent gathered that Imasayi residents, had, in 2021 attacked Iboro traditionalists, who had been in Imasayi to carry out their annual rites on the land they claimed belonged to them.
The Olu of Imasayi was reported to have inspected the Igan Okoto-Ayetoro street being constructed by the Ogun State Government within the space, claiming possession.
But, the Aboro faulted his Imasayi counterpart, saying the land in query belongs to Iboro group.
The Aboro mentioned “Imasayi doesn’t have a single plot of land on that street, so I’m questioning how might the street be named Imasayi-Ayetoro street.
“There have been collection of violence between Iboro and Imasayi and I instructed their monarch that I can’t condone violence; anyone that fights will likely be reprimanded and that’s my very own level. There is not any purpose for it (violence). The authorities is there to look into it.
“Let the government come into the matter, if we disagree, then we go to court. There is no need for fighting, I don’t believe in that.”
Also talking, the Chairman of Iboro Central Working Committee, Kolajo Owolabi, expressed shock that the Olu of Imasayi may very well be laying declare to the street being constructed, saying, “Surprisingly, Imasayi has not even a single plot of land belonging to them historically.”
Owolabi maintained that the Iboro Public Health Clinic is located by the then Egbado Divisional Council, instantly reverse the street in query.
“The original boundary attesting to the fact that Imasayi people are customary tenants on Iboro land is between Iboro and Ibese at Iniya River along Abeokuta/ Ilaro road, about six kilometres away from the reconstructed Iboro/Ayetoro road,” he mentioned.
He appealed to the state authorities to wade into this boundary problem rapidly and “resolve it with honesty and sincerity, devoid of any political manipulation.”
When contacted, the Olu of Imasayi insisted that the street had been identified to be the Imasayi-Ayetoro street from time immemorial.
“From time immemorial, it’s crystal clear that that street is Imasayi-Igan Okoto-Ayetoro street.
“They have played a lot of politics, requesting that the name, Imasayi should be removed, but the government said that’s what is in the document in the state archive,” the Olu of Imasayi said.