Eight injured as alleged sponsored thugs invade community

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

There was pandemonium in Tewure community, Orire Local government; Ogbomosho area of Oyo State, following hoodlums clash and no fewer than eight people were reportedly matcheted, while others were injured

Penpushing reports that the thugs were allegedly sponsored by the council chairman, Hon. Mrs Lidea Bankole to launch the attack over land matters, but Bankole in swift response denied the allegation.

The bloody clash was said to involved the Ilorin extraction of Tewure and Ogbomosho people living in Tewure’s community over what was linked to land matters and chieftaincy tussle in the community.

The Onikoyi of Ikoyi-Ile, Oba Abdul-Yekeen Oladipupo, while speaking with our correspondent in his palace confirmed that seven innocent Tewure’s indigenes, including the Baale of Tewure, Chief Lamidi Sanni have been arrested and remanded in prison over the issue.

“The chieftaincy tussle started sometimes ago, but it came up again in 2019 when the immediate past chairman of Orire local government imposed his brother, Timothy Odekanmi as the Baale of Tewure against the wish of Tewure’s people who had in 2014 already installed their Baale, Chief Lamidi Saani without any crisis.

Penpushing further reports that the monarch noted that the present Orire Local government boss, Bankole, who hails from the same town (Ogbomosho) with her predecessor claimed that Tewure’s community and its environs belongs to Ogbomosho and it should be controlled by Soun of Ogbomosho, not the Onikoyi.

The monarch who is the permanent chairman of Orire Local Government Traditional Council maintained that Ikoyi was never among Soun of Ogbomosho’s jurisdiction, arguing that only Onikoyi has control on Tewure and its environ, adding that Nigeria gazette of 1917 also affirmed this.

“Ogbomosho was initially under Osun division, Ogbomosho district, while Ikoyi was under Oyo division, Ikoyi district, in fact, Soun was one of the part2 Oba’s then, and Onikoyi was a first class monarch in Ikoyi district’.

Penpushing also reports that, Onikoyi however called on Governor, Seyi Makinde to intervene on the issue, calling on Bankole to order, release of seven innocent Tewure’s people who were arrested and detained over the issue.

The Caretaker Chairman, Orire Local Goverment, Hon. Mrs. Lidea Bankole when contacted on phone debunked the allegations, saying that all the allegations were false and malicious.

The council boss noted that it was the cult group inaugurated by the Baale of Tewure, Chief Lamidi Sanni that unleashed mayhem on the people, adding that the law enforcement agency has started investigation, and all the culprits has been arrested and remanded.

“How will the Chief Security Officer of the Council hired thugs to attack his people? Tewure people have been living peacefully before the Baale from Ilorin extraction with the help of Onikoyi took loads of thugs to attacked people.

Penpushing reports that the Oyo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi said that he didn’t have any details on the issue for now, promising to get back to journalists after investigation.

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