By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
Residents of Olorunda Community in Abeokuta North Local Government of Ogun State on Monday staged a peaceful protest seeking the removal of their traditional ruler, Oba Segun Ogunsola for allegedly not belonging to the community.
The residents, led by Odofin of Olorunda community, Chief Rauf Olabode trooped to the Government office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta to demand that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs in the State should remove Oba Ogunsola from office.
The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as: ‘Segun Philip Ogunsola go back to your town’, ‘Oba Alake don’t impose for us’, say no to government if you want peace’, ‘say no to violence, we want Imala’, ‘If you don’t do our wish, watch out’.
The aggrieved indigenes, while speaking with our correspondent, alleged that Oba Ogunsola was not an indigene of the community.
Olabode, who spoke on behalf of the protesters, said they were aggrieved because the embattled monarch was imposed on them by a monarch whose jurisdiction is not within the Olorunda territory.
Olabode claimed that Oba Ogunsola’s parents were tenants to Kesan Orile who owns the Olorunda land and Aragba village where the embattled monarch and his families hailed from.
He also alleged that the State Government, in collaboration with some traditional rulers who are not within the Olorunda jurisdiction, illegally sacked the former Baale to install Oba Ogunsola.
“Olorunda community already has a Baale who has been duly installed by the appropriate traditional ruler and Omola of Imala has been recognized by the Local Government and the State Government since 2006. He is chief Adegbola, a bonafide son of Kesan who owns Olorunda.
“Most of the land at Olorunda belongs to his family. As a result of Government intervention and decision, he was forced to remove the signboard he erected as the Baale about three years ago.
“We now wonder why someone can approve somebody who is not a Baale to be upgraded as a coronet Oba where he is not entitled.
“This must be a miscarriage of justice which must not happen in a civilized state where the government is totally against corruption and injustice.
“We therefore call on Ogun State Government and our out-going Governor in particular not to approve Segun Ogunsola Philips to be a coronet Oba for Olorunda. The entire Imala Land will never tolerate such illegal action,” he said.