Relative peace has returned to Tede and Ago-Are in ATISBO Local Government and ATISBO South LCDA respectively in Oyo State.
The current truce was attained by the timely intervention of the state government and the high powered state delegation that visited the two communities on 23rd January, 2021. Consequently, a stakeholders’ meeting held on 27th January, 2021 where both the immediate and remote causes of the crisis were identified which included, age long boundary dispute between the two communities and interception and diversion of cattle business from one cattle market to another.
The peace pact was reached at an enlarged peace and security meeting of Stakeholders of the area, held at 244 RECCE Battalion, Asabari Barracks, Saki.
The meeting held was at the instance of the directive from the state Government that mandated the two Councils to settle the crisis amicably.
All parties which has the two Chairmen, Hon.Dr Raji Mudasiru Adepoju and Hon.(Dr) Joe Makanjuola Ayoola of ATISBO Local Government and ATISBO South LCDA respectively and Brig. General O D Williams, commanding Officer of 244 RECCE Battalion, Asabari Barracks, Saki, HRM Oba Rauf Adebimpe Oladoyin, the Onitede of Tede, HRM Oba Musliudeen Olalere, the Ajoriwin of Irawo, HRM Oba Abraham kofoworola, the Aare of Ago -Are who was represented by Chief J K Adetoro, the Agoro of Ago – Are and other Security agencies in ATISBO Local Government.
Others were Deacon S.A Ilori, HLGA ATISBO LG, Pastor S A Farounbi, Ag. HLGA ATISBO South LCDA, Mrs Ronke Korede and Mr Isiaq Azeez DAGS and Ag DAGS of the two Councils.
The meeting also has in attendance Mr Wasiu Olasunkanmi, youths leader of Tede, Snr Evangelist Oyebisi James, CAN Chairman and Alhaji Adesina Hadi representative of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, all agreed to allow peace to reign and these resolutions were reached:
That Chairmen of the two Councils with traditional rulers of the two communities should as a matter of urgency sit down on round table to wade into the the land disputes between them at instance of Ajoriwin of Irawo who is neutral on the matter.
That henceforth, everybody is free to move their cattle or farm produce to any market of his or her choice since there is freedom to transact business in a free competitive market where there is an unfettered entry and exit especially within the same Local Government Area.
That another enlarged stakeholders’ meeting should be convened and the youth representatives and transport unions from both communities should be included in the meeting.
That the issue of market days on the same day be looked into by the Chairmen of the Councils and other relevant Stakeholders.
That peace and tranquility be maintained as any breach of peace from any quarters would be dealt with, with full weight of law.
That each LG /LCDA should ensure immediate resumption of Schools as well as commencement of economic activities in the the area.
The two Councils bosses in a seperate comment at the meeting enjoined all to embrace peace always, because there cannot be any meaningful development where there is no peace. They also warned all and sundry to always shun rumors that always escalates crisis.
Photos from the event