Rights activist drags Osun monarch before police over land dispute
Posted by News Express | 9 January 2017 | 3,281 times
Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo.
A rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, has dragged the paramount ruler of an ancient town in Osun State, the Alawo of Awo, Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo, Akinsilo II, before the authority of the Nigeria Police Force, Zone IX, Osogbo, over an alleged trespass into his family land and threat to the lives of the family members.
Meanwhile, the men of the Nigeria Police led by one Adisa have commenced the investigation into the issue in order to forestall any breaking down of law and order in the community, adding that the Police authority had invited the complainants in the matter to report at its zonal office before this week runs out.
The human rights activist who also accused Oba Adebayo of threatening the lives of the members of his family by sending a group of thugs to invade their farmland for stopping the monarch’s illegal encroachment of their family land located at Egboo area of the town, also said Oba Adebayo physically attacked one Adeniyi Alimi Abubarkar and later sent message to the Elders of the Abubakar family including Mr. AbdulAzee Adesola, Mr. Dauda Yusuf (Baba Wale) and Alhaji Abdulkareem.
This was contained in a petition dated Monday 19th December, 2016 with the titled “The Petition Against Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo, the Alawo of Awoland for Threat of Lives, Stealing, Willful and malicious damages" signed by Comrade Sulaiman.
He urged the Police to conduct unbiased investigation into the matter so as to unravel the truth of the whole scenario, alleging that Oba Olatunbosun has been in this act of encroaching the farmland of the members of the community with impunity for more than two decades.
The petition read in part, “In November 2015, Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo sent troops of hoodlums/thugs to the farmland of Adeniyi Alimi Abubakar’s late father i.e. Prince Adeniyi Alimi Akanfe, which the petitioner/complainants informed the Awo Division of the Nigeria Police Force under the D.P.O., Supol Niyi Lawal, a Deputy Superintended of Police (DSP) The Police boss effected the arrest of one Mr. Ibraheem Mudazhiru, Mrs. Folakemi Akintola, Mr. Ayantoye Mose (a.ka. Tonado) and one woman called Iya-Elemu Iragberi.
“Again, in October 2016, the same Oba Musa Olatunbosun Adebayo still sent another troops of criminal trespassers to these aforementioned complainants late
father’s/husband farmlands in aforementioned place where the said criminals stole a lot of farm crops. When a meeting took place between the complainant’s family and Oba Musa Adebayo at the instance of Alawo-in-Council, Oba Adebayo threw caution to the wind by starting another round of vitriolic attack and planning to unleash terror attack on Mr. Adeniyi Alimi Abubakar, as Vice-Chairman, Osun State Council of Obas before sympathisers sneaked Abubakar out of the palace through the back door. But all the conversations of the said meeting were recorded as evidence to prove the matter beyond reasonable doubt in any competent jurisdiction.”
The Petition letter therefore urged the Police authority to wade into the matter in accordance with the section 214 of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, saying that law was not respecter of any individual and a stitch in time saves nine.