Land Dispute: We will settle land dispute, but we cannot bring back lost lives – Oyetola tells warring communities

The Osun State government has warned that it would not tolerate any act capable of threatening the peace and security of lives and property of the people of the State.

The governor of the State, Gboyega Oyetola made this statement in a peace meeting with the traditional rulers and leaders of Ifon and Ilobu communities, held at the Government House in Osogbo on Thursday.

The Governor urged the two parties to maintain the peace, adding that the law would take its due course on anybody or party found to be engaging in any act capable of breaking law and order in any part of the State.

It was gathered that crisis is gradually brewing between the two communities over land settlement located within the area, as the duo are laying claims to the land.

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Oyetola ordered that the two communities stay off the disputed land until the matter is amicably resolved.

The peace meeting was held to prevent possible violence that may result from the dispute and to restore unity between the two contending towns.

It was further resolved that all the farmers from Ilobu that are farming on Ifon land and vice versa should be allowed to go back to such farming lands without molestation.

Oyetola implored the traditional rulers to talk to their subjects and ensure that peace continues to reign in the land.

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“Osun has been the most peaceful State in Nigeria and we must maintain that record by ensuring that we allow peace to prevail by loving one another. Love has no boundary.

“Your subjects watch out for your body languages. Therefore, you must watch your utterances. We will settle the land dispute. But we cannot bring back any life that is lost in the process. So, we must do everything to maintain peace, ” Oyetola added.

In their separate remarks, the two monarchs, who signed a peace accord, assured the State government of their readiness to be law-abiding citizens.

They pledged to continue to promote peace and prevail on their respective subjects to eschew violence.

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Also in attendance at the peace accord signing were the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; the Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Femi Akande; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adebayo Adeleke; Special Adviser to Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Rasak Adeosun; Commissioner of Police, Osun State Command, Mr. Undie Adie; and the All Progressives Congress, APC, State party chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun.

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