The attention of Olowu-in-Council, Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta has been drawn to the trending media reports about the alleged murder of a traditional ruler in Agodo village in the Asa-Yobo area of Ewekoro Local Government of Ogun State and the insinuation that the that the incident was prompted by conflict between Owu and Ake people over the kingship in Agodo village.
The insinuation is far from the truth as on no occasion has the Agodo community, with a Baale in situ, has contested or applied to Olowu or Alake Egba for the uplifting of their Baale to Coronet. From time immemorial, Agodo village which has been a multi-clan community from Abeokuta had been in peace until some six years ago when some hoodlums besieged the environment to grab the community’s land.
Report’s available at our disposal in Owu Kingdom indicate the man who claimed to be Oba in Agodo village had been involved in land disputes with Agodo people which had caused bad blood among him, accompanied hoodlums and the Agodo community. In 2016, for instance, Agodo village was thrown into a turmoil following an alleged attempt by the man and some thugs to bury a corpse in Agodo village as a decoy to establish ancestry to the land.
By the directive of Olowu Kangunere, Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu, Oba Olufemi Ogunleye, Towulade Akinale was deployed to visit Agodo village and ensured there was peace. The report of a mefiative meeting in Agodo, suing for peace and co-existence of the community was published in a news magazine The Village Network, vol. 3 No 5 (2016), copy attached.
The Agodo community as at today, has denied their knowledge of any Oba in Agodo village as the purported Olu of Agodo has no physical presence nor a palace in Agodo
Suffice it to call for enquiry as to who recommended him to both Egba Traditional Council and the Ministry of Local Goverment and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Chief Ishola Akinsipo,
For: Olowu-in-Council, Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta
26th January, 2022