Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, Esuwoye 11 has refuted claims by a section of Offa community that his agents attacked Ijehu community over farmlands.
Led by its Baale Moshood Adeogun, Ijehu community had penultimate Wednesday staged a protest at the Kwara State House of Assembly during which he told Journalists alleging that some agents of the monarch clashed with them over ownership of a community farmland during which cutlasses, guns and other dangerous weapons were said to be freely used.
Adeogun, who said that about seven hectares of cashew plantation planted over 40 years ago among other cash crops, were allegedly destroyed by the men of the traditional ruler, added that their people, who sustained varying degrees of injury were in hospital.
The police public relations officer of the Kwara state command, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the development, said that about five people had been arrested over the clash, as investigation further revealed that those detained included 85 year old farmer, Murtala Eso.
The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi while speaking with Journalists in his palace at Offa explained that the piece of land belonged to his Esuwoye family, adding that grand parents of the present occupants of the farmland were there to till the land on behalf of his family, adding that they had been informed severally on the need to retrieve the land from them.
Gbadamosi who corroborated his claims by inviting two Mogagis, village heads in the axis who explained that in actual fact, their fore father were given the land access on behalf of the Esuwoye the 1st.
Oba Gbadamosi, lamented that the family house engaged about 15 armed thugs, to attack his aides when they went to clear the farmland at the weekend, adding that his people sustained varying degrees of injury.
He said that the cleared land were freely given out to the people to plant maize and sell afterwards, added that the proceeds would help better their socioeconomic lives.
He also said that he was prepared for amicable resolution of the matter should the people embrace peace and atone for their sins.
the Baale of the community, , said that the monarch used thugs to drive them away from their land.
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