Crisis in Osun community over chieftaincy title

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By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

Crisis rocked the sleepy town of Ileogbo, headquarters of Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun State over Chieftaincy title following the installation of one chief Kehinde Shittu as the Balogun of the town against the preferred candidate of the family entitled to the Chieftaincy position.

The Olu of Ileogbo, Oba Abeeb Agbajelola, who is the custodian of the tradition and culture of the town was alleged to have installed his preferred candidate as the Balogun of the town against the choice of the Balogun Igbinyemi family, that according to the tradition of the town has the right to present candidate for the Chieftaincy position.

To this end the Balogun Igbinyemi family has raised the alarm over what the family described as illegality and cheating and called on the Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola to intervene in the matter before it degenerates into violence.

The family alleged that attempts were made by some hoodlums to demolish a monumental edifice erected by their forebears at their family compound but for their proactiveness and warned those behind the attack to desist for peace to reign in the town.

The head of the family, Mr Buraimoh Raji lamented that the heritage of the family are the Chieftaincy title and the monument, decrying efforts by the traditional ruler of the town to jeopardize their heritage for alleged selfish reasons.

According to him the matter was pending before a state high court sitting in Iwo until recently when it was struck out for reasons not known to members of the family that instituted the case.

Raji  who expressed worry on attempts by some high profiled indigenes of the town to distort history, maintained  that the Chieftaincy title of Balogun of Ileogbo is the sole right of the Balogun Igbinyemi descendants that make up the Balogun Igbinyemi ruling house.

But for their peaceful disposition to the matter, Raji said the matter would have snowballed into violent crisis, claiming that two persons now lay claim to the position of Balogun of Ileogbo.

Although the Balogun presented by his family, Chief Bode Oyedeji  was not recognized by the traditional ruler of the town, Raji said he (Oyedeji) is the one recognized by the family and he has continued to perform all the functions and duties attached to the office.

He recalled that three members of the family were remanded at the prison custody over the Chieftaincy matter, adding that the family would continue to fight for their right.

The Olu of Ileogbo was not at the palace when his palace was visited as he was said to have traveled outside the town and his mobile line was not released.

However, a palace chief who volunteered information said the monarch had invited members of the two sides for a peace meeting but the meeting ended in a fiasco.

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