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Obbo-Ayegunle/Eda-Oniyo land tussle takes new turn
Source: The Nation ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti Date: Saturday, July 03, 2010


By Adekunle JIMOH

The brewing tussle over the ownership of a parcel of land between two neighbouring communities in Kwara and Ekiti states has taken a new turn.

A middle-aged man has been arrested for allegedly being in possession of a rirual item.

The two communities are Obbo-Ayegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area (LGA) of Kwara State and Eda-Oniyo in Ilejemeje LGA of Ekiti State.

The item is suspected to be connected with the land dispute while the age-long row is not unconnected with quarrels over farmlands which the Obbo community claim to be theirs.

The suspect, said to be from Eda-Oniyo, is now in the custody of the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin.

The man was alleged to have chauffeur-driven scores of his kinsmen in a bus with the aim of attacking Obbo-Ayegunle farmers on their farms.

The man ran out of luck as he was stopped and arrested in an 18-seater bus he was driving. He was immediately taken to the Kwara State headquarters of the Police Command.

Found in the bus, bearing the poster of a National Assembly aspirant from Ekiti, was an item suspected to be ritual.

The bus with the suspected material had already been parked at the headquarters of the state Police Command.

However, when contacted yesterday, the state Police Command’s spokesperson, Dabo Ezekiel, said: "We had a meeting today and the matter was not discussed."

The arrest of the suspect climaxed the alleged aggression from Eda-Oniyo people who reportedly drove Obbo-Ayegunle farmers away from their farms last week, claiming ownership of the farmlands.

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