Contrary to claims by Owu chiefs of Egbaland that Ayinde Odetola, the late traditional ruler of the Agodo community in Ogun State, was a self-proclaimed monarch, official documents showed that the deceased was legitimately installed by the government. of State.
Odetola was assassinated last Monday and his corpse burned beyond recognition.
A few days after the incident, the Owu kingdom of Egbaland, under whose jurisdiction the Agodo community falls, issued a statement questioning the legitimacy of the royalty of M. Odetola.
Chiefs claimed the deceased monarch was ‘self-proclaimed’ and his death may have been due to his involvement in land disputes in the community.
But the documents seen by PREMIUM TIME showed that Mr. Odetola’s royalty was endorsed by the Ogun State government.
In a letter claiming that Mr Odetola is the monarch of the community and signed by Dolapo Adewunmi, Director of Chieftaincy Affairs of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs of Ogun State, the government wished good luck in supervising the affairs of his people.
The letter, dated April 17, 2018, called on the monarch to liaise with the Egba Traditional Council for further information.
The government also informed him that it was important to note that the remuneration attached to his stool would be set by the Egba Traditional Council after being properly incorporated into its budget.
“I have the greatest pleasure to inform Kabiyesi that in accordance with Subsections (1) and (2) of Section 25 of the Chiefs Act, Laws of Ogun State in Nigeria, 2006 , the Government of Ogun State in Nigeria has approved your appointment as the first Kabiyesi Alayeluwa Olu of Agodo in Ewekoro Local Government Area with effect from 11 April 2018,” the letter read.
“I must convey to Kabiyesi, on behalf of the state government, my warm congratulations on his appointment and wish Kabiyesi good health, long life and many years of peaceful and prosperous rule.”
It was understood that after the government’s approval, Adedotun Gbadebo, the Supreme Ruler of Egbaland, proceeded to install Mr Odetola in a ceremony held at Ake Palace in Abeokuta.
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