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Onikoyi, Council Boss Bicker Over Invasion of Tewure Community by Hoodlums

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The Onikoyi of Ikoyi-Ile, Oba Abdul-Yekeen Oladipupo and the Caretaker Chairman of Orire Local Government of Oyo State – Hon. Lidea Bankole, were at daggers-drawn on Wednesday over the invasion of Tewure community by hoodlums.

While the monarch alledged that the council boss was responsible for the attacked, the local government chairman said that the Baale of Tewure community, Chief Lamidi Sanni and Onikoyi should be held responsible for the incident.

Recall that there was pandemonium in Tewure community following the invasion of the community by hoodlums where no fewer than eight people were reportedly matcheted, while others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

The bloody clash was said to have involved the Ilorin extraction of Tewure and Ogbomosho people living in Tewure 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 said that the council boss, Hon. Bankole, who hails from the same town (Ogbomoso) with her predecessor caused the clash claiming that Tewure community and its environs belongs to Ogbomoso and it should be controlled by Soun of Ogbomosho, not the Onikoyi.

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

He said, “Ogbomosho was initially under Osun division, Ogbomoso district, while Ikoyi was under Oyo division, Ikoyi district, in fact, Soun was one of the second-class Obas then, and Onikoyi was a first-class monarch in Ikoyi district’.

Onikoyi, however, called on Governor Seyi Makinde to intervene on the issue by ordering  Bankole to release seven arrested indigenes, who the monarch described as innocents.

Meanwhile, 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 have been arrested and remanded.

She said that, “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 attack people”.

The Oyo State Police Command Public
Relations Officer, Gbenga Fadeyi told this paper that he did not have any details on the issue for now, promising to get back to journalists after investigation.

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