Friday, February 23, 2024

Olubadan seeks military help to tackle land-grabbing

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, on Tuesday, called on the Nigerian Army, especially 2 Division to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure that the peace being enjoyed in the state remains enduring and unruptured.

Balogun made the call while playing host to the General Officer Commanding of the Division, Maj. Gen. Bamidele Alabi, at his Alarere residence in Ibadan.

The monarch said though Ibadan had been peaceful, there were some skirmishes.

The GOC was accompanied by other top officers of the division including the Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen. U. A. Muazu; acting Commander and Military Intelligence Brigade, Lt. Col. Yushua; acting Commander and Provost, Maj. B. Gambo; and others.

Olubadan, in a statement by his Personal Assistant, Oladele Ogunsola, spoke through his Bobajiro and the former Head of Service in the state, Chief Tajudeen Aremu.

He said, “These skirmishes include the menace of land grabbing and asked the GOC to collaborate with other sister agencies, including Amotekun, to address the problem. The peace being enjoyed needs to be strengthened by addressing any identified threat.

“In doing this, I am of the opinion that it needs concerted efforts, the joining of hands of all the security agencies. We all know the importance and strategic position of Ibadan in both the politics and security of the country. With peace in Ibadanland, you can rest assured that there’s peace in Yorubaland and in Nigeria just as any threat to the peace and security in the land is capable of spreading to other parts of the country.”

In his remark, the GOC said, “Ibadan people are loving and peaceful. We are leveraging on that and working with others to be able to deliver on our core mandate of securing our land and our people. We are appreciative of the support of His Imperial Majesty for the Nigerian Army through the division and urge for more and that of the other critical stakeholders just as I promise that we won’t relent on giving our best.”

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