Residents of Imala community of Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State have raised the alarm over influx of land grabbers in the community, appealing to the state government to come to their aid before the situation get out of hand.
Speaking on behalf of the community, the traditional ruler of the ancient town, Oba Moses Olabode at a press conference held in his palace in Imala town, said the activities of the land grabbers has continued to affect the security of lives and commercial activities in the area.
His words: “The present day adventurous tendencies of land grabbers has continued to affect the daily activities of the residents and if not checked may cause serious security threat to the entire town.
The royal father urged the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun not to allow what he termed ‘recolonisation’ of his people, due to the attempt of the land grabbers.
“The willingness of the people to co-habit peacefully should be respected otherwise the land grabbers will be recolonising people. I must say it categorically and historically that Imala do not share any boundary with Afon, but Imeko. If you like you may investigate this truth. The boundary is at Mile 17 on Abeokuta-Imeko road at Idi-Ayin, 2 kilometres from Obada market”, the monarch said.
The monarch called on his subjects to remain peaceful in the face of all provocation and staggering opposition, assuring that the governor will do justice to the issue.
Oba Olabode spoke further that Obada has never been a ward, as being claimed by Imeko-Afon people, buttressing his argument with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) directory on polling booths which did not contained Obada as a polling ward.
‘Obada has never been a ward, INEC document attest to this. We are appealing that Obada should not be ceeded to Afon. We shall continue to fight our course through legal means and constitutionally, we shall not be violent and we shall also take our case to God’, he said.
The traditional ruler with his chiefs pleaded with the governor not to fall to pressure of some people in doing wrong things in regards the controversial issue.