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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Oka/Supare crisis: Lawmaker sues for peace

The Lawmaker representing Akoko Southwest Constituency 1 in the Ondo State House of Assembly Mr. Olugbenga Omole has condemned attacks on Oka Community by youths from Supare Akoko, asking the youths to allow peace to reign.
This followed reported plan by Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority to execute a project within the community.
Omole said it is a known fact the land that borders Supare and Emure specifically Aba Ajulo and Ago Flower has been acquired by people from Oka for years and they have been farming there peacefully without any problem with their host Community.
He noted that as a law abiding citizens the farmers approached the court when they got information that their farmland will be taken away from them.
While saying that It is so sad and unfortunate that Supare youths took the law into their hands by attacking the farmers inflicting serious injuries on them in their farm, even while they were leaving the farm ,he stated that their vehicles were also vandalized.
Omole, therefore, appealed to the parties concerned to allow the court process to take its course.
The lawmaker stated that no one has monopoly of violence, advising the community leaders in Supare to call their people to order as no meaningful development can be achieved in a rancorous environment.
In a press release signed by the lawmaker, he gave kudos to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami for his swift response when the report got to him .
“I appreciates the efforts of the Paramount Ruler Olubaka of Oka,Oba(Dr) Yussuf Adebori Adeleye for prevailing on Oka Indegenes not to retaliate and sue for peace as he summons a peace meeting .
“Efforts are being made to evacuate my people from the crisis area pending the time an amicable solution will be arrived at.
” I want to use this opportunity to call on the security agents in the Local Government to fish out the perpetrators of these heinous acts.
” It ‘is an unfortunate incident that is avoidable.Supare and Oka Communities are both situated in Akoko Southwest Local Government with a history of peaceful co-existence over the years until the recent clashes allegedly instigated by Supare youths, a development which is threatening the relative peace”,the statement read.

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