Land dispute: Oyetola holds peace meeting with Ifon, Ilobu monarchs, warns against violence

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By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Osun state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, said on Thursday, July 23, that government would not tolerate any act capable of threatening the peace and security of life and property of the people of the State.
He stated this during a peace meeting with the traditional rulers and leaders of Ifon and Ilobu communities held at the Government House in Osogbo.
The meeting had in attendance monarchs of the two communities, Olufon of Ifon, Oba Al-Maroof Adekunle Magbagbeola, and the Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan.
It was gathered that crisis is gradually brewing between the communities over land settlements located within the area, as the duo are laying claims to the land.
But in a swift response and commitnent to preventing possible violence that might result from the dispute, Governor Oyetola held the meeting to broker peace and restore unity between the  contending towns.
The Governor urged the two parties to maintain the peace, adding that the law would take its due course on anybody or party found to be engaging in any act capable of breaking law and order in any part of the State.
The meeting resolved that the two communities should stay off the disputed land until the matter is amicably resolved.
It was further resolved that all the farmers from Ilobu that were farming on Ifon land and vice versa should be allowed to go back to such farming lands without let or hindrance and without molestation.
The Governor implored the traditional rulers to talk to their subjects and ensure that peace continued to reign in the land.
“Osun has been the most peaceful State in Nigeria and we must maintain that record by ensuring that we allow peace to prevail by loving one another. Love has no boundary.
“Your subjects willl watch out for your body languages. Therefore, you must watch your utterances.
“We will settle land dispute. But we cannot bring back any life that is lost in the process. So, we must do everything to maintain peace, ” Oyetola added.
In their separate remarks, the two monarchs, who signed peace accord, assured the State government of their readiness to be law abiding citizens.
They pledged to continue to promote peace and prevail on their respective subjects to eschew violence.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; the Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola;  Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Femi Akande; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adebayo Adeleke; Special Adviser to Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Rasak Adeosun; Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Mr. Undie Adie; and the All Progressives Congress, APC, State party Chairman,  Prince Gboyega Famodun.
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