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Alleged Invasion: Ogun Assembly threatens warrant of arrest against Monarch

The House of Assembly in Ogun State Thursday  summoned the Oniraniken of Iranike (Elewu Oku)

The House of Assembly in Ogun State Thursday  summoned the Oniraniken of Iranike (Elewu Oku), Oba Adewale Adeniji, to appear before the lawmakers on January 23.

The monarch was variously summoned to appear before the lawmakers over allegations of threat to life and invasion of Olumeru Adeyemi Sodiya Family land, Idarika Kanuyi Village, through Agerige Village, by Okerala farmland in Sagamu, which was levelled against him.

The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, who announced this at the plenary on Thursday, said if the monarch fails to appear, the assembly would invoke section 129 of the 1999 Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution (As Amended) by issuing of a warrant of arrest against him.

Oluomo said the third invitation extended to the monarch became imperative owing to two previous invitations already extended to him in the previous year which he failed to honour.

The assembly through its Committee on Lands and Housing led by Hon. Damilola Soneye had earlier summoned the monarch to explain allegations levelled against him.

Soneye and other lawmakers had earlier engaged concerned members of the community on their petition against the monarch who was expected to appear before the lawmakers on Thursday.

The lawmakers also directed him to produce all necessary documents including land title documents in his custody in relation to the landed property allegedly acquired forcefully through a court judgment.

Meanwhile, the assembly has called on the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, to intervene by directing the entire security apparatus domiciled in the state to stem the menace of cultists in Ijebu-Ode and its environs.

The assembly noted that communities within Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East, Ijebu East and Odogbolu local government areas in Ogun State are “currently experiencing avoidable loss of lives resulting from clashes among rivalry cult groups.”

The assembly also challenged all concerned stakeholders especially the Judicial Arm of Government to evolve more legal measures at ensuring stringent bail conditions for suspected cultists and those involved in related cases to serve as a deterrent to others.