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Boundary dispute: Ekiti officials escape lynching

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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Officials of the Boundary Commission Technical Committee Ekiti State, narrowly escaped death recently, following an attack by the irate youths of Iwaji community, Ekiti West local government area of the state.

The Hope Metro gathered that officials led by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Abayomi Opeyemi, were dispatched to the area to delineate and demarcate the boundary between Efon/Alaye and Ipole Iloro Ekiti, to settle the dispute arising over the ownership of Iwaji community. 

Recounting his ordeal, one of the officials who does not want his name in print, said they were in the area on the fateful day on the instruction of the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Monisade Afuye.

He explained: “The officials led by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr Abayomi Opeyemi, was about demarcating the area when the irate youths, who are from Iwaji community allegedly stormed the area and attacked them.

“It took the intervention of the police before we could escape from the sleepy and agrarian community which is about 10 kilometres to Efon/Alaye/Iwaraja express way.

The two communities; Efon/Alaye and Ipole Iloro-Ekiti in Ekiti Ekan Meta Local Council Development Area (LCDA) have been embroiled in crisis for some times over the ownership of Iwaji community.

Confirming the attack, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Monisade Afuye, expressed her dissatisfaction over what she called recurrent cases of attacks being suffered by government  officials while demarcating boundaries in towns locked in land tussles.

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She declared that its illegal for anyone to harass officials while performing their statutory duties that are in the interest of the state.

Afuye who described the act as unwholesome conduct and an affront on the state government, said perpetrators of such dastardly act would no longer be tolerated nor spared from sanctions.

She said: “This was an affront on the state and we will no longer tolerate such. Our officials are experts trained to demarcate boundaries and they have always been impartial in all their duties.

“We want to appeal to our traditional rulers to always caution people of their communities, particularly the youth on the need to caution themselves no matter how angry they are. It is wrong and illegal to beat up government workers or harass them while performing their duties”.

The Deputy Governor appealed to the monarchs to always have confidence in government and officials sent to preside over land dispute and take time to control their youth against perpetrating violent acts.

She later directed the technical committee, headed by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Abayomi Opeyemi, to revisit Iwaji, so as to ascertain the true ownership of the community between the two feuding towns.

In their separate submissions, the Alaaye of Efon, Oba Emmanuel Aladejare and the Olupole of Ipole Iloro, Oba Oladele Babalola, who laid claims to the ownership of the  community, promised to cooperate with government for speedy resolution of the matter.

Also, the Alahun of Ahun Ekiti, Oba Jacob Adelowo, who is the monarch of the neighbouring town to the two warring communities, pledged his readiness to join the fray to settle the raging crisis in due course.

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