By Akinwale Akintunde
The police have been urged to arrest and stop one Mr. Olapade Agoro from parading himself as the traditional ruler of Erinmo-Ijesa in Oriade Local Government of Osun State.
Erinmo Progressive Movement (EPM), an association of young professionals and intellectuals of Erinmo origin with members spread around the globe made the call in a statement made available to THISDAY and signed by it Convener, Comrade Olusesan Ogundele and Publicity Secretary, Oyetunji Ojo Felix
The group called on the police and other relevant agencies to stop Agoro from referencing himself as an Oba and be banned from using letterhead, special plate number and other document or items bearing the insignia of an Oba.
The movement stated that though Agoro is an indigene of Erinmo-Ijesa, who was once bestowed with a minor chieftaincy title of ATAPAMI, an Ifa priest in Ilesa by the Owa Obokun of Ijesa-land Oba Adekunle Aromolaran II in June 1982, he had since been deposed and the title abolished with the consent of the state government in February 1985.
According to the group, despite being deposed, Agoro has been using same chieftaincy position to ferment trouble in the Erinmo-Ijesa community and its environs.
“The attention of the movement has been drawn to the several criminal activities and media campaigns orchestrated by one Mr. Olapade Agoro who is known as a trouble maker and very provocative. (These activities had been going on for over three decades).
The most recent of these activities includes the invasion of Erinmo by Olapade Agoro and his armed thugs wielding several weapons and shooting sporadically into the air causing terror and panic in the community at about 9.30p.m. on Frida, May 13, 2016
“We are compelled to respond to this foregoing because of the possible danger and restiveness this illegal action of Mr. Agoro portends to the peaceful co-existence of the amiable people of Erinmo-Ijesa and its environs,” the group said