Development staff and contractors dealing with a Federal Housing Property venture in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday fled from the positioning as conventional worshipers stormed the property to carry out a supposed annual ritual.
The worshippers, clad in white, got here with a black fowl, white pigeon and different fetish objects to carry out the ritual.
Following the apprehension attributable to the worshippers, the Managing Director of the agency dealing with the development, Otunba Ademola Akin-Benson, invited policemen and the worshippers have been taken to the Ondo Police headquarters.
Otunba Akin-Benson knowledgeable the police that the worshippers have been being sponsored by some land grabbers to cease additional work on the positioning.
He stated the land was legally acquired by the federal authorities for the aim of constructing the low-cost property.
Akin-Benson disclosed that thugs and ritualists had beforehand attacked staff on the property which made him to hunt authorized redress and the court docket ordered all events together with the Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo, to keep up the established order and permit the venture to proceed.
His lawyer, Mr. Femi Emodamori described the presence of the worshippers as conventional hooliganism saying the land was acquired with different adjoining lands by the State Authorities over forty (40) years in the past, after cost of compensation to the unique homeowners.
Emodamori stated the land was subsequently launched to the Federal Authorities for federal initiatives within the state.
“Consequently, in accordance with our shoppers, the land is roofed by Federal Authorities Structure, and in addition has adjoining Federal Authorities buildings just like the State Police Command Headquarter the place your workplace is situated; The Ondo State Headquarters of the Nigerian Customs Service; The Ondo State Headquarters of Nigerian Immigration Service; The Nationwide Inhabitants Fee’s Workplace; and the Federal Excessive Court docket constructing, amongst others.
“Our shoppers said that development works had began on the land nearly instantly, however later suffered some delays occasioned by insufficient funding. The lease settlement between the Federal Authorities and our shoppers on the venture was nevertheless not too long ago renewed and/or prolonged, a sequel to which large development works on the land resumed.
“Based on our shoppers, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, had in latest occasions been sponsoring thugs to disrupt and destroy the venture, in connivance with some officers of the Akure Workplace of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, for causes which the Kabiyesi didn’t initially disclose, till not too long ago when the Kabiyesi began demanding, each instantly and thru his proxies, for six (6) acres of land on the venture website, in addition to another financial and materials presents for some conventional ceremonies.
“These calls for are unjustifiable, unlawful, obnoxious and purely extortionist. For the avoidance of doubt sir, our shoppers have Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade on tape making a few of these calls for, and would by no means make any allegation towards the Royal Father which isn’t backed with forensic and plain proof.”
Chief of the worshippers, Chief Abisoye Asoga, the Adigun of Akureland, who denied allegations of land grabbing, stated they have been on the property to carry out the ritual at a small rock contained in the property, at the very least as soon as in ten years.
On his half, Oba Aladetoyinbo stated the land belonged to Akure conventional worshippers.
Talking by his Chief Press Secretary, Michael Adeyeye, the Akure monarch stated the ritual on the property website was consistent with the neighborhood’s custom.