Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has moved to reclaim encroached property of Ogba Zoological Garden and Natural Park, which housed rare species of plants and animals.
The governor in order to achieve this goal, set up a five-man committee led by the Solicitor General of Edo State, Mr. Wole Iyamu.
Obaseki stated that his administration would protect the Zoo from encroachers, no matter how highly placed such people were in the society.
He said: â€œBecause of our new trust in making Edo State and Benin City an attractive hub for business and tourism we will do everything possible to preserve this unique heritage of ours. I am setting up a committee with a two-week mandate to come up with an action plan to recover every land due to Ogba Zoo.
â€œThe outcome of your report should get to me on the 3rd of July 2017. The report should be more of action steps to be taken, and if possible, document, in specific terms, violators, so that persecution can also follow if need be. We will preserve the Zoo and Natural Park; it is our heritage. I want to assure you that we will take actions to preserve it,â€ he reaffirmed.
Ekiti Monarchs in Verbal War over Rotation of Council Chairâ€¨â€¨â€¨Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekitiâ€¨â€¨Two prominent traditional rulers in Ekiti State, the Alawe of Ilaweâ€¨Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi and the Arajaka of Igbara Odo , Oba Edwardâ€¨Jayeola, have called on the Ologotun of Ogotun of Ogontun Ekiti, Obaâ€¨Samuel Oyebade to relinquish the chairmanship position of the Councilâ€¨of Traditional Rulers in Ekiti South West Local Government area of theâ€¨state.â€¨â€¨They accused Ologotun of arrogating the chairmanship of theâ€¨traditional council in the local government to himself since 1997,â€¨contrary to rotation that was contained in the statute book.â€¨â€¨The local government comprise Ilawe, Igbara Odo and Ogotun Ekiti,â€¨which had co-existed peacefully since the creation of the council inâ€¨1976 until the battle over rotational chairmanship of the traditionalâ€¨council tore them apart .â€¨â€¨This action led to serious protest at the council headquarters inâ€¨Ilawe Ekiti , on Wednesday by selected chiefs from Ilawe and Igbaraâ€¨Odo, accusing Oba Oyebade of perpetuating himself as the permanentâ€¨chairman of traditional council in the local government against theâ€¨extant rules .â€¨â€¨The protest letter delivered to the Council Chairman, Mr Lanre Omolaseâ€¨was jointly read by Chief Gbenga Agbona , the Elemo of Oke Emo, Ilaweâ€¨Ekiti and Chief Banji Olowofela, the Asamo of Igbara Odo.â€¨â€¨Reacting to the allegation, Oba Oyebade said he remains theâ€¨authentic Chairman of the Council in Ekiti South West Local Governmentâ€¨ as guaranteed by law and the State Chieftaincy Declaration.â€¨â€¨He said the protest held on Thursday by Chiefs in Igbara Odo and Ilaweâ€¨Ekiti at the behest of Alawe and Arajaka was unfortunate , describingâ€¨this as an insult to Governor Ayodele Fayose, who had set up aâ€¨5-member panel to look into the crisis.â€¨â€¨He refuted the allegation of sit-tight syndrome leveled against himâ€¨by the two communities, Oba Oyebade , said he remains the only memberâ€¨of the highest traditional council named â€˜Pelupeluâ€™ in the council asâ€¨contained in the Chieftaincy Law 3 of 2000 enacted under Otunba Niyiâ€¨Adebayoâ€™s administration.â€¨â€¨He urged the two monarchs to get themselves acquainted with theâ€¨report of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers Committeeâ€¨Resolution of 19th June, 2001 when similar case reared its ugly headâ€¨and stop making infantile demands.â€¨â€¨â€œIn the year 2001 under Adebayoâ€™s government, the Ilawe Improvementâ€¨Union wrote a petition to the government raising similar protest.â€¨â€¨â€œBut the resolution was that The Ologotun is a frontline Oba in Yorubaâ€¨land and in Ekiti State and by the simple fact that historicalâ€¨document does not record his royal majesty, the Ologotun gotâ€¨independence from any government.â€¨â€¨â€œOlogotun, being a pelupelu Oba should be the permanent Chairman ofâ€¨Ekiti Southwest Traditional Council as it is the case in Moba, Ijero ,â€¨Ikole and Ido/Osiâ€, the report stated .
He said he assumed the throne in 1985 after there was vacancy sinceâ€¨1976 when his predecessor died , challenging the feuding monarchs toâ€¨tender any document to confirm the existence of traditional councilâ€¨at the local government before 1997 when he assumed the position.â€¨â€¨â€œBefore 1997, sole administrators were being used at the localâ€¨government level and the local governmentâ€™s traditional council cameâ€¨into being as a result of the controversy over 5% allocation toâ€¨traditional rulers.â€¨â€¨â€œPart of the resolution at that time was that , the chieftaincy edictâ€¨allowed only the 16 pelupelu Obas to rotate the traditional Council atâ€¨the State level and at the local government level and that is what isâ€¨in operation in all the 16 local government areas of the Stateâ€, heâ€¨added.â€¨â€¨Oba Oyebade flaunted a document dated 20th July, 2004 and signed byâ€¨one Wole Faleye of the Ministry of Chieftaincy affairs on behalf ofâ€¨the Permanent Secretary where the issue of elevation of some monarchsâ€¨was approved.â€¨â€¨He added further: â€œAnother letter signed by Chief Aderemi Ajayi,â€¨Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi on 17th September, 2014â€¨upgraded Olosi, Alawe, Arajaka and Olojudo of Ido Ile to be part ofâ€¨pelupelu and I protested the inclusion of Alawe and walked out of theâ€¨meeting.