News of Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi beating up a fellow traditional ruler yesterday went viral in a section of the media; however there is more to the story and www.e-nigeriang.com has more details.
According to investigations traditional rulers under the domain of the Oluwo are said to be selling off ancestral lands of their subjects without consent.
There were alleged multiple cases of fraudulent sales of landed facilities which are ancestrally owned by some families and individuals without their consent and those behind it were alleged to be some greedy monarchs who would stop at nothing to achieve their aims.
The Monarchs also reportedly sold lands outside their territorial boundaries and originally bequeathed to Iwo people by their ancestors. This meant that they encroached on Oluwo’s domain and caused his subject much pain. Aggrieved by the sufferings of his people, Oluwo resorted to some stiff measures to curb the excesses of the monarchs but met with resistance as they connived to deal with him.
In a statement by the King Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi – Oluwo he mentioned the reason why the peace meeting arranged by the Police turned bloody and why he beat up another monarch during the meeting.
“I Defended Attempt by Agbowu to Stick my Eyes After He Called Me Mad Man- Oluwo
Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has make a clean breast of the allegation that he beat Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Sikiru .
Oluwo stated he was truly invited by the authority of the police to make peace on his stance curtailing excess land selling by monarchs under his domain, a pronouncement that did not go down well with those affected as they regroup to act against the authority of Oluwo who gave them the crown.
At the peace meeting held at AIG office, Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa interrupted Oluwo while making his speech and called Oba Akanbi unprintable names, pointing his staff of office at Oluwo while attempt to stick the staff in his eyes was heavily rejected with force which Agbowu could not withstand.
How could a constable openly insult commissioner of police and make attempt to beat the CP? Can any monarch try such with Ooni, Alaafin?”
Furthermore, King Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi – Oluwo also proved that Agbowu of Ogbaagbaan, Sikirulahi Olaleke Akinropo requested for a beaded crown from him (Oluwo) as well as how Ogbaagba people suck for permission to settle within Iwo domain.
“Attached therein was a letter written and signed by the then Baale of Ogbaagba (the same Sikirulahi Olaleke Akinropo) requesting for a beaded crown from Oluwo and as well narrating how they (Ogbaagba) seek for permission to settle within Iwo domain.
Historically and traditionally, Oluwo settled Ogbaagba where they are today as against the lies peddling around. I’ve the papers of how I settled and crowned about 35 monarchs under me. Iwoland goes beyond Ogbaagba and it’s my duty to protect this land not because of me or the present generation, but because of the future generation. This is my sin. They want to sell all the land. Iwo land is almost gone to land speculators and land grabbers just for peanuts.
Iwo land must be protected. And this is what I’m doing. I know posterity will vindicate me. Everyone can sell his or her personal land. A king can as well sell his. It is barbaric seeing king selling his subjects land for peanut with impunity. I receive complaints daily. Imagine a king selling one land for three to four speculators without the consent of the family who originally owns the land. Now, the same Agbowu who pleaded for beaded crown, begging and prostrating went to grant interview that he was never answerable to Iwo. He went far as attempting to turn Oluwo to a blind man by pointing his staff of office to my eyes.
Monarchs are not estate managements. And to curtail the too bad attitude which they described as their primary source of income, I had to wade in. My intention was a corrective measure and not to take what I had bequeathed to them. He went to the extent of attempting to stick my eyes with his staff of office.
All affected monarchs in my kingdom should note no one will feed on his subjects land and go away with it. Step is in top gear to revoke all lands illegally acquired by kings and sold to land speculators. Modern system respects protocol and the right of every individual. The towns in Iwoland are choked. Of what moral and traditional justification is land selling to the living standard of a town or city whose kings have sold their future (land)?”