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Community controversy: Adogun Itele clan is not in existence, court rules

The Supreme court sitting in Abuja, has declared a controversial Adogun Atele clan, in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State as illegal which has no record of existence, as claimed by some group of people

Penpushing reports that, the supreme  court judgement delivered by Justice Olabode Rhodes Vivour on February 5th, 2020, was further affirmation of the Appeal court ruling delivered by Justice Nonyeren Okonkwo on 11th December 2017 on the same matter

The ruling by the Supreme Court in the suit reference number 720/2018  and dated February 5,2020  affirmed that the application for leave of appeal by the Adogun Ateles lack merit and it was accordingly dismissed.

Penpushing further reports that, presenting the judgements to journalists as a press conference in Abeokuta, respondents to the case instituted by the controversial clan(applicants) explained that Itele town has seven known compounds, adding that at no time was the Adogun Atele involved in the structure that created the town decades ago.

The Baale of Ilegbede, Chief  Fatai  Asabiyi who led other compound leaders to address journalists said the explanation became necessary to puncture spreading of fake news by the applicants  that the  controversial Adogun Atele are real owners of the Itele town.

“We are here to debunk the news that is going on in Itele, I believe most people would have seen on TV and on radio and that they are the real owner of Itele and they are the ones to install king at Itele. We are here to correct the view being created by these people’,Asabiyi said.

“We are the real representatives of Itele people. The Olota is the only representative, when the Onitele is not on sit. Olota has assessed issues and has been a caretaker and I believe he has done his job very well’, he added

“Itele has been long an existing settlement in the whole of Awori in Nigeria and we have installed kings before. We stopped installing kings, but Baales. It is a long time tradition and established region.

“There are only 7 compounds in Itele according to the structure which are Ilegbede, Isungba, Iliwo, Ilogun,Ipotobo, Ijagbono, Ilekemo. These are the 7 compounds that owned the entire Itele land and they are still there today’, he stated.

“The structure has never changed. They are going about saying they that they own lands in Itele. Obtaining judgement against Aworolo does not mean they obtain judgment on the whole Itele kingdom”, Asabiyi emphasised

Penpushing reports that, Asabiyi said  the judgment being peddled around by the Adogun Atele which hitherto brought confusion to the settlement has therefore been put to rest having gone through the test of the supreme court, which further affirm their(respondents) victory.

“These judgment that was given to them is confusing and has brought confusion in the settlements and as a result we had to go to court and the founder of the Atele,  Jimoh was still alive. ‘We went to court and we succeeded in defeating them. We told the court their history and where they came from and the real founder of these Adogun Atele is a stranger in Itele’.

“The courts agreed that the Adogun is not a part of Itele compound and it came to existence recently. As a result of that the judge said that they are trespassers on the 7 compound families and Ilegbede which is the head of those families’

“Hardly can you find warrant of Holden in the judgment that was given to them because there is no, how and the whole land in Itele belongs to the 7 compounds families were mentioned.

“We are saying on behalf of every eligible sons and daughters of Itele that Adogun Atele is not part of us in Itele. The horror they have been committing, people of Itele should not be afraid. They should go about their daily business in peace”, he added.

“We are saying on behalf of every eligible sons and daughters of Itele that Adogun atele is not part of us in itele. The horror they have been committing, people of Itele should not be afraid. They should go about their daily business in peace”, he added.

The other Baales at the press conference include: Chief Waidi Lawal(Ejigin),Monsuru Balogun(Ilelekomo),Chief Adekoya Fashina(Iliwo Itele),Chief Rasheed Ajasa(Ipotobo Itele),Chief Akeem Bamisebi(Egunjobi Itele) and Chief Lateef Osiyo(Olugbode Itele).

Penpushing further reports that,the Supreme Court judgement was delivered before theirs Lordships, Musa Dattijo Muhammad, Kudirat Olatokunbo, Chioma Centus Nweze and Ejembi Eko.

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