The Aboro of Iboro, Abayomi Salako, has threatened to sue the Olu of Imasayi, Luqmon Kuoye, and his people over the naming of a road under constructiin by the Ogun State government.
The two communitites are neighbours in Yewa North Local Government Area of the state.
But Mr Salako said the Imasayi indigenes are his tenants as the land they settled on was given to them by the ancestors of his Iboro people.
A few days ago, the Iboro community was left agitated after Mr Kuoye and his chiefs claimed at a press conference that the Igani Okoto-Ayetoro road, which is under construction by the state government, is in Imasayi territory.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that some residents had in 2021 attacked Iboro people who went to Imasayi to perform traditional rites on the disputed land.
While addressing journalists on the matter on Wednesday, Mr Salako said there should have been no dispute over the land because “the records are there for everybody to see unless you want to be partial.”
He continued: “Imasayi does not have a single plot of land on that road, so I am wondering how could the road be named Imasayi-Ayetoro road?
“There have been series of violence between Iboro and Imasayi and I told their monarch that I will not condone violence; anybody that fights will be reprimanded and that is my own point. There is no reason for it (violence). The government is there to look into it.
“Let the government come into the matter, if we disagree, then we go to court. There is no need for fighting, I don’t believe in that,” he said.
In his message to Mr Kuoye, whom he described as his brother, Mr Salako advised his colleague traditional ruler to seek knowledge about the disputed land from elders in his community.
“If they have any single plot in that place, let them come out with the proof, I will relinquish the land to them. I don’t fight for whatever that doesn’t belong to me, but he himself knows,” the Aboro said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Iboro Central Working Committee, Kolajo Owolabi, expressed surprise that the Olu of Imasayi was laying claim to the road being constructed.
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