‘All Ota Territories Are Under My Authority’- Alake Tells Olota Of Ota
The Alake and Paramount of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has reiterated that, the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege and residents of Ota are under the prescribed authority of the Alake.
The Egba monarch affirmed that, Ota land is a conquest territory by Egbaland in 1917, saying Ota and its environs are under the then Egba Native Administration and the Alake.
It would be recalled that, the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege had penultimate week through the Olota-in-council accused Alake of Egbaland of installing non-Aworis as royal fathers in Aworiland of Ogun State.
Oba Obalanlege through the Seriki of Ota, Bashorun Olanrewaju argued that, the Olota of Ota is the prescribed traditional authority over all lands, towns and villages with the suffix, Ota, including Sango, Gbalefa and all others.
But the Alake-in-council on Friday emphasized that, Ota, Sango, Iju, Gbalefa, Abule Lemomu, Oke-Ore, Adekoyeni, Atan among others were part of lands and settlements captured by the Egbas during war against Ado-Odo in 1843.
He added that, between 1853 and 1900, Ota was ruled by the Egbas through their Residents representatives which till date made the Olota of Ota a member of the Egba traditional council.
He said despite series of courts’ decisions on issues brought against Alake’s position in all Egba physical and geographical areas which reconfirmed the legal and traditional jurisdiction of Egbaland on Ota districts, the Olota of Ota and his chiefs resorted to self-help.
“For those who have little or no knowledge about Ota and its environs or district, between 1900 and now, the Ota people were within the prescribed authority of the Alake. For instance, it was Oba Gbadebo I, the Alake, that appointed Oba Aina Ako, the Olota in 1901.
“So, Ota and Gbalefa districts from the early time were all under the then Egba Native Administration and the Alake. Ota historically, administratively and through right of conquest of 1841 fell on Egba Administration as part of Egbaland. The Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege, is currently an active member of the Egba Traditional Council.
“We are worried that, the Olota and his Chiefs have been involving themselves in self-help by engaging in violent visits to Egba towns and villages within Gbalefa, Iju, Atan, Ijoko, Itori, Sango and others. “
Alake therefore called on the Ogun State Commissioner of Police to intervene in the excesses and one-sided activities of the police instigated harassment of the Egba indigenes in the area.