Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi, the Ogeleyinbo of Ayetoro community.
Residents of Ayetoro Community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, have appealed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to promptly intervene in the kingship crisis rocking the community.
The residents also lamented that some state government officials are fueling the crisis.
The monarch ,Ogeleyinbo of Ayetoro, Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi alongside the Baba Ijo and Public Relations Officer of the Community, Mr. Lawrence Lemamu and Victor Akinluwa respectively, were hoodwinked, arrested and have been detained at Olokuta Maximum Prison since January.
In an appeal letter written to the governor on Tuesday by the Supreme Council of Elders and signed by the Secretary, Mr. Johnson Atimishe, the people pleaded for the release of their monarch, Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi, from prison.
“This is a passionate appeal and a clarion call to the governor of Ondo State, Arakurin Rotimi Akeredolu to immediately intervene in the leadership crisis rocking Ayetoro community in Ilaje,” the letter read in part.
The Council lamented that the Micah Ajijo faction, having failed to enjoy the support of the entire community to install him as the Ogeleyinbo resorted to violence and intimidation of the residents of Ayetoro.
Atimishe accused some senior members of Akeredolu’s cabinet of imposing Ajijo “even when the elders and the entire people of the community had unanimously ordained and crowned Oba Ojagbohunmi Oluwambe.
“These unscrupulous interfering politicians who are head-bent on destroying our age long traditions, are said to have been promised huge sums of money meant for the community from oil spillage compensation.”
The elders disclosed that the people of Ayetoro had been patient for long because they believed that Governor Akeredolu was not aware of all the impunity perpetrated by members of his cabinet.
Residents of Ayetoro community protesting the release of their monarch and leaders.
They recounted that “since this crisis broke out, our people have suffered unlawful arrests, detentions without trial, sponsored attacks by hoodlums and unknown soldiers attacks with many maimed casualties and damaged properties.
“The injured had reported severally to police without a single investigation or arrest, many petitions have been written by our lawyers over these injustices, all to no avail. Instead the victims are the ones being hunted by the police.”
They also appealed to all human rights organisations, civil liberty groups, traditional rulers in the state and Yorubaland to urgently come to their rescue.
“Save our community and its Godfearing people from the hand of a few who are poised to destroy the unity and beauty of this theocratic community, the first of its kind in Africa. Release our King now.”
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