Ogun: Oluwo Itoku Jumps Bail Over Alleged Harassment Of Baale - THE LIVING GUIDE

Ogun: Oluwo Itoku Jumps Bail Over Alleged Harassment Of Baale

Share This
Ogun: Oluwo Itoku Jumps Bail Over Alleged Harassment Of Baale

An Egba traditional title holder, Oluwo Itoku, Chief Olusoji Sodamola has been declared wanted by the police for allegedly jumping bail. 

This followed Police investigation into a case of harassment and molestation reported against him at Obafemi Owode Divisional Police Station by the Baale of Afon, Chief Elijah Oluwole Osoba.

It was alleged that the Oluwo Itoku and his surbodinate chiefs from Itoku township had, at gun point, forcefully depossessed Chief Elijah Oluwole Osoba of the traditional beads on his neck, the ones in his car and the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000:00) cash kept in the car at Oba village shortly after the visit of the Alake and traditional Chiefs’ visit to Lisabi forest as part of the activities marking this year’s Lisabi festival.

Chief Sodamola’s action, it was gathered followed a legal battle which some Baales of Itoku in the homestead had instituted against Oluwo, Odofin and other Chiefs of Itoku township who were alleged to have sold a large expanse of Itoku’s land known as “Igbo Itoku” to a Chinese company and further sold timbers, economic leaves, limestones, etc for a whopping sum of Five Hundred Million Naira (N500,000,000:00). 

The Baales had been worried that the resources of Itoku villages are being taken over, for selfish purpose by some people on the guise of being high traditional chiefs of the town.

The fact is that shortly after sighting Baale Afon under the canopy in Oba, the Oluwo Itoku sent Chief Monsuru Adio – Baajito Itoku and Chief Saidi Ogunbodede – Otunbade Itoku to invite Baale Afon to see him by the road side and he (Baale Afon) obliged, but surprisingly on arrival, the Oluwo Itoku 
pronounced the Baale removed, being one of the people that had taken him to Court over the sale of Igbo Itoku and other resources and ordered his chiefs to remove at gun point, the Baale’s beads from his neck, removed the beads in his car, and the car’s plate number. 

Chief Oluwole Osoba later discovered that the sum of N300,000:00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) he kept in the car had been taken away by the hoodlums.

It was also gathered that Chief Sodamola and his accomplice were invited to Owode Egba Police Station on Saturday 18th February, 2023 where statements were taken. 

They were however released on administrative bail to Chief Semiu Adeosun – Apesin Itoku and asked to report back on Monday 20th February, 2023 by 8:00 a.m.

It was further revealed that Chief Sodamola and others failed to report at the Police Station while the complainant had shown up.

Our sources further hinted that the Oluwo Itoku had earlier taken cover at the Palace of the Alake of Egbaland to avoid arrest. 

Report also has it that the Executive Chairman, Obafemi Owode Local Government area, Chief Sina Ogunsola was linked to intervene on the matter by inviting the parties involved to his office with the view to settling the matter. 

At the meeting schedule for 1:00 p.m on February, 20th 2023, the Complainant and the Divisional Police Officer had been in the Chairman’s office for two hours only to be told that the Oluwo Itoku, Chief Olusoji Sodamola had jetted out of the Country.

The Baale Afon, Chief Elijah Oluwole Osoba has therefore urged the Nigerian Police to ensure that the matter is not swept under the carpets given the personality 
that was involved in the criminal act. 

He wondered what could have become of him if the Oluwo Itoku and his accomplice had killed him. 

Chief Oluwole Osoba also noted that the case of illegal sales of Itoku’s heritage has become a matter of litigation upon which the Oluwo Itoku is a key player.

No comments:

Post a Comment