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Monday, July 1, 2019

Ogun Community Protest Imposition Of Monarch By Olowu

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - Indigenes of Abalabi community in Eweoro local government, Ogun State have protested an alleged imposition of a monarch by the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu. 

The protesters on Monday stormed the Governor's office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, called on the State Governor Dapo Abiodun to stop the purported illegal laying of foundation of a palace in the community by the Olowu of Owu and installation of one Taofeeq Biobaku Bakare as Abalabi Monarch.

The angry protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions, said Bakare is not an indigene of Owuland, appealing to the government to intervene as matter urgency in order to prevent breaking down of law and order.

Some of the inscriptions read : "No to illegal palace in Abalabi", "Abalabi is not for sale" and "No to imposition by the Olowu of Owu Kingdom".

Speaking to journalists on behalf of the protesters, Prince Jacob Taiwo Akinpelu wondered why Olowu will be imposing an Agura Son and Chief to become monarch in Owuland.

He described the action as unacceptable and illegal, saying the people would resist such imposition.

Taiwo recalled that the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun rejected Bakare as candidate for the vacant Abalabi stool as well as a gazzette to that effect, insisting that since the demise of their Monarch, Oba Edward Fasina, the three ruling houses ( Shonibarin, Obamaja and Aromokala) are yet to produce any candidate for the stool.

Abalabi Protesters at Governor's office 
He also described the laying of palace foundation by the Olowu and Bakare as illegal, stressing that " Abalabi is not for sale and will never be for sale".

His words: " We want to implore His execellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun to intervene in this matter and also prevent the Olowu from coming to lay foundation of illegal palace in Abalabi in order to allow prince to reign in the community ".

Responding on behalf of the Governor, the Permanent Secretary to the Governor's Office, Mr. Iskilu Aboaba assured the protesters of government's intervention on the matter.

He stated "I will inform my superiors and they will tell the Governor to call Olowu not to lay any foundation in Abalabi tomorrow. Please be patient".

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