The newly-elected Olu of Orile Ilawo, Prof. Olusegun MacGregor, has charged that police and other security agents in Ogun State to investigate, unravel and arrest sponsors of attacks and violence in the community.
DAILY POST reports that the confirmation of MacGregor as the Orile Inawo Oba-elect by the Obafemi Owode Local Government has brought about an obaship tussle in the Oke-Ona community.
Our correspondent gathered that there were claims of attacks and reprisal between the supporters of MacGregor and those of his opponents.
The Balogun of Orile Ilawo, Chief Abraham Soyoye, was said to have accused MacGregor of threatening the lives of people in the Ilawo community with thugs and armed security officers.
Soyoye had also said that the Oba-elect had threatened to raze his house and that of another chief.
But, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Friday, MacGregor denied the allegations, admonishing members of the Orile Ilawo Council of Chiefs that are opposed to his election to sheath their swords and join hands with him in his mission to develop the community.
He appealed to the said chiefs to see his emergence as having been ordained by God, “who enthrones leaders for positions of authority.”
The academic distanced himself from any planned attack on anyone in the community, saying “posterity will not forgive whoever goes about blackmailing the Ilawo stool for personal aggrandizement.”
While condemning the threat to lives and various attacks said to have been perpetrated, MacGregor appealed to the law enforcement agencies to “wade into the matter and unravel whoever that was behind the dastardly act if it is true.”
He stressed that, “I will never support any act of violence or killings in order to attain any position in life and I will continue to appeal to all sons and daughters of Ilawo to embrace peace and not allow any issue to divide us.”