Murdered Odetola, Rightful Traditional Ruler of Agodo – Traditional Council Declared

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The Imo Traditional Council of Egbaland has came in defence of the murdered traditional ruler of Agodo, Oba Ayinde Odetola, insisting that he was the authentic traditional ruler of the community before his gruesome death.

The council made this declaration while presenting various documents which include letter of notification dated July 12, 2016, certificate of chieftaincy title reference number 000832 signed by Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and appointment letter by Ogun State Government with reference number CHM.1/85/9 dated April 17,2018.

The traditional council in a notification letter sent to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which was received on July 13, 2016 informed that the deceased has been appointed by the council to head the community.

The council in the letter signed by Chief Dauda Amodu, explained that, Odetola was appointed the village head (Baale) in 2016, before his subsequent promotion by the Ogun State Government as the coronet Oba in 2018.

‘The above named traditional council of chiefs hereby notify the appointment of our Baale, Chief Odetola Olajide Ayinde of Agodo village, Yobo/Asa ward, Ewekoro local government, Itori. Thanks for your cordial assistance for our community’, the letter reads

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The council of chiefs in furtherance to their claim in the approval letter for upgrading of Odetola, signed by Dolapo Adewunmi, Director of Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said the monarch was advised to liase appropriately with Egba Traditional Council

‘I have the greatest pleasure to inform Kabiyesi that in accordance with the Sub-Sections (1) and (2) of section 25 of the Chiefs Law, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006, the Government of Ogun State of Nigeria has approved your appointment as the first Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Olu of Agodo in Ewekoro Local Government Area with effect from 11th April, 2018’, the letter reads

‘I am to convey to Kabiyesi, on behalf of the State Government, hearty congratulations on this appointment and to wish Kabiyesi good health, long life and many years of peaceful and prosperous reign’, the letter emphasied

‘Kabiyesi is advised to liaise with the Egba Traditional Council for further briefing. It is important to note that the remuneration attached to your stool will be settled by the Egba Traditional Council after it has been properly integrated into their budget. Once again, accept my hearty congratulations’, Adewunmi wrote

In similar development another document made available by the council showed that, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo approved the appointment of the late monarch, to counter a move by a group in the community to install a parallel community head.

The letter followed alleged move by the suspected group in attempt to cause break down of law and order in the community, which necessitated the Alake to write the Commissioner of Police on January 17, 2017 to curtail the move.

Odetola had earlier written a petition against the attempt forwarded to the Paramount Ruler, who in return acted swiftly, and affirmed his approval for the appointment and installation of the deceased.

‘Please find attached herewith a protest letter from Chief Odetola Olajide Ayinde who was installed by me as the Baale of Agodo village in Ewekoro Local Government of Ogun State. A copy of his Baaleship certificate number OK.IV/00832 dated 2nd October,2015 is attached herewith please’, Alake told police commissioner

‘Chief Odetola has reported that another Baale is to be installed on Saturday, 21st January, 2017 in the same village by Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu. I have tried to reach the Olowu to find out the situation, but I have not succeeded’, he wrote

‘Meanwhile, I will endeavour to get the Olowu to cancel any installation of a parallel Baale, if it is true that the planning to install one. In the meantime, please do everything possible to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in that small community. Thank you for your usual cooperation’, Gbadebo emphasized

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