THE Olubadan-in-Council, the highest decision-making organ on Ibadan chieftaincy matters, has decried the use of violence during chieftaincy disputes, saying henceforth, erring parties would face sanctions.
The council, at its emergency meeting at the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, at the weekend, affirmed the rights of people to lawful protests when aggrieved, but kicked against derogatory media campaigns against opponents and use of weapons such as cutlasses and guns to protest.
The council members specifically mentioned the recent tussle for the Mogaji Akere Compound, Orita-Merin, Ibadan, between two brothers – Alhaji Moshood Gbolagade Akere and Mr Wasiu Okunola Akere, which led to a person being hospitalised.
The council had summoned the rival in the contest, Mr Wasiu Akere and some family members to a meeting to explain their roles in the breakdown of law and order before and after the appointment of Alhaji Moshood Akere as Mogaji.
According to the council, “there is sufficient evidence to show that both Wasiu and Moshood Akere had signed an undertaking on December 8 last year before the representatives of Olubadan to support whosoever was chosen as Mogaji Akere.
“Before then, a couple of meetings had been called at the instance of Olubadan with the Akere family members to pick a consensus candidate between the two contestants. The failure of the family to come up with consensus candidate after 15 days of grace led the Olubadan to form a committee of two high chiefs, Otun Balogun, High Chief Femi Olaifa and Osi Balogun, High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, to hold another meeting with the two candidates and their supporters on December 8 where both of them signed an undertaking to support whosoever emerged Mogaji.”
According to the council, “there is no other way to describe the purported gun shoot-out that trailed the appointment of Moshood Akere as Mogaji than an act of flagrant disobedience to the authority of the Olubadan of Ibadanland.”
Present at the emergency council meeting were the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; Otun Balogun, High Chief Femi Olaifa; Asipa Olubadan, High Chief Eddy Oyewole; Asipa Balogun High Chief Latif Gbadamosi Adebimpe; Ekarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade and Ekarun Balogun, High Chief Kola Adegbola.