Communities In Ibadan Plunged Into Panic As Compound Head Seals 200 Houses

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A sense of alarm has engulfed various neighborhoods in Ibadan, triggered by the sealing of over 200 houses in the Moniya area of Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State. The individual behind this act is a Mogaji, the head of a family compound, who asserts ownership of the land in question.

Interestingly, this development comes in defiance of a recent warning issued by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun. In his advisory, he cautioned all Mogajis and Baales against partaking in the resale of lands or properties that had already been dealt with by their predecessors.

Upon a visit to the affected communities — namely Alaja Phase One, Alaja Phase Two, Isagunna, and Aponmode — our correspondent bore witness to a scene of dismay, as residents grappled with an abrupt eviction process. The common sentiment echoed by these individuals was the lack of prior official communication before the sealing.

Sharing his account, Rasheed Oyelayo, a community leader, recounted, “While engaged in conversation with friends outside, I suddenly noticed a flurry of activity as a sizable contingent of police personnel entered our neighborhoods. Upon inquiring, it was revealed that payment was now being demanded for the lands.”

Another resident, Olawoye Akinloye, lamented that more than 200 houses were forcibly locked up. This transpired during the afternoon when occupants were away at work. Shockingly, the leader spearheading this action was reportedly a newly appointed Mogaji endorsed by the Olubadan of Ibadanland; despite the monarch’s earlier prohibition of such actions. The neighborhoods bore witness to an incursion accompanied by the presence of over 15 policemen.

Expressing his frustration, Akinloye questioned, “I have been here for more than 23 years. Why will someone just wake up and tell me to pay another money?”

Seeking clarification, we reached out to Dele Ogunsola, the media aide to the Olubadan. He responded, “I am presently unable to provide insight into this matter due to the absence of an official complaint or letter.”

Ogunsola further illuminated that Indeed, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Balogun, had previously admonished Mogajis and Baales within his jurisdiction to refrain from oppressing their constituents by re-selling or reclaiming family lands that had already exchanged hands due to the actions of their ancestors. At this time, he was refraining from issuing any statements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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