In a recent development, the Osun State Government has imposed a ban on the traditional leader of IleOgbo, Oba Abeeb Agbaje, prohibiting him from engaging in any land transactions within his town. This decisive action was taken in response to allegations of his involvement in land grabbing and intimidation.
The ban was enforced after Oba Abeeb Agbaje appeared before the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Jimi Bada, alongside the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dosu Babatunde. The ban comes as a response to numerous complaints lodged by the people of IleOgbo against the traditional ruler.
According to Dosu Babatunde, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the state government has received multiple reports accusing Oba Abeeb Agbaje of engaging in land-grabbing activities and intimidating landowners within his community and neighbouring villages.
The government’s decision to impose the ban aims to put an end to the alleged mistreatment inflicted by the king upon his people and landowners. The residents of IleOgbo town, as well as Eleni and Moomu Abimbola villages, have accused Oba Abeeb Agbaje of resorting to unlawful practices, including forceful acquisition of land, issuing threats, and employing emissaries, including police officers, to intimidate individuals.
As the situation unfolds, the state government’s intervention seeks to address the grievances of the affected communities and ensure the protection of landowners’ rights and well-being.