Oyo govt approves Alaaje stool in Ogbomoso

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The Oyo state government has approved the appointment and installation of Baale for Aaje, a community in Ogbomoso North local government, off Ikoyi road.
In a letter to the caretaker chairman, Ogbomoso North local government, titled, “Aaje: Request for Installation as Alaaje (Baale of Aaje),” signed by Mr. Opatunmbi ’Femi Lawrence, director, chieftaincy maters on behalf of the Oyo state commissioner for the ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters, and made available to The Insight, it was stated that the appointment and installation takes immediate effect.

The letter further recognized Mr. Reuben Adesina Amao as the pioneer Baale of the community urging him to liaise with the council’s traditional council.

“I am directed to refer to the above subject in respect of the petition received by the Ministry from the Aaje Descendants Progressive Union and inform you that the State Government has graciously approved the appointment and installation of Baale Aaje for the community.
“You are by the letter expected to liaise with the Local Government Traditional Council and formally recognize Mr. Adesina Reuben Amao as the pioneer Baale of Aaje town (as agreed by the Community) and include his name on the Traditional Council’s payroll.”

Earlier, Aaje Descendants Progressive Union, ADPU, a socio-cultural organization in Aaje, had in a letter to the Ministry titled, “Aaje: Request for installation of Alaaje/Baale of Aaje,” requested for the creation of Aaje stool noting this had become imperative.

The letter states, “The community has become very important, so, it is imperative that the Baale’s stool be created so that it can be traditionally administered and a chief installed to serve as the custodian of our cultures and traditions.”

The letter, signed by Mr. Reuben Adesina Amao (JP) fsi DSS retd; Mr. Sunday Aremu and Mr. Laniyan Otun Ajayi, chairman, vice chairman and PRO respectively notes, “We have a neighbouring town – Ikose – which has a Baale, and which is often confused with Aaje but it is a distinct community. However, it should be noted that Ikose is an offshoot of Aaje because the people who founded it were originally from Aaje; some of us moved to the main road to take advantage of the then newly constructed trunk A road farther from the main village. It is therefore an irony that the “baby” has been conferred with the Baale title while the “parent” is still groping in darkness over the natter.

“To affirm the veracity of Aaje being the ancestral town, it is the host to Olufon Shrine, Olufon is the two communities’ deity, a primary school founded in the fifties, the Ajagbon tree that was planted to symbolize link with Ogbomoso etc. Thus, it is an irony that it is without its own Baale.”
ADPU adds, “Meanwhile, it is instructive to note that the families that founded Aaje have all nominated a retired Director of the Department of State Security (DSS), Adesina Reuben Amao as the candidate for the stool and all traditional rites have been performed. This was in 2015 when he was still in service. That is why we found it inexplicit that some vested interests in Ikose are thwarting and frustrating the process of his official installation.

“We humbly remind Your Excellency that Oshodi/Isolo communities as well as Ikotun/Ijegun both in Lagos State have similar relationship as ours and yet the two communities have their separate traditional heads. So also in Ogbomoso zone, Iresadu and Iresapa in Surulere Local Government are twin communities and there are separate kings for each of the domains.

“The dynamic is similar but surprisingly, the Baale of Ikose, Chief James Ilufoye is stoutly against this move and has been frustrating it, for God knows why.
“The absence of a Baale in Aaje has predisposed the community to various hazards – uncontrolled land grabbing, criminal activities, community disturbances and whatnots which we believe will be stemmed if a Baale is installed.”
In a chat with the Baale designate, Reuben Amao, he disclosed that the installation ceremony would hold any moment asserting this “is a dream that has come true for all true sons and daughters of Aaje.”

He remarked that his ascension to the stool of Aaje would trigger a wave of development in the community saying he would bring to bear his exposure and experience as a security czar.

He maintained his dream was to enhance the fortune of Aaje and bring forth its glory.

Meanwhile, this is coming on the heel of the victory recently attained by the Aaje family at the High Court of Justice, Ogbomoso in suit no HOG/14/2015 between Baale Ikose, Chief James Ilufoye Alagbe, Joseph Amao, Aderounmu Adedokun, Oke Adeyi and Taye Ojo who were claimants and Mr. Ademola Ogunmola and Sunday Adigun, the defendants on the holder of suzerainty over Aaje family land among others.

Ruling on the matter, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice Bayo A. Taiwo dismissed the claims of the claimants.
Justice Taiwo hinged his position on a previous Supreme Court judgment which gave ruling in favour of Aaje family over a land suit between Aaje family and Abogunde chieftaincy family, noting, “Hierarchy of Court is sacrosanct and it amounts to judicial rascality for a lower Court to set aside or look into a matter already decided by the Supreme Court.

“As it stands, if the claimants want any interpretation of the Supreme Court matter, the proper Court to approach is the same Supreme Court which has power to interpret, correct slip if any and not the High Court.
“I refuse to be lured into such dangerous adventures and in view of the above, I hereby dismiss the claims of the claimants.”

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