24th September, 2010
The police at Alagbon recently quizzed the Oba of Ojokoro land, Oba Rilwan OluwalambeÂ Taiwo, JP.
The Oba, who was invited by the police allegedly spent some explaining to the police whatÂ he knows about the land dispute in Abule Egba area of Lagos State, Nigeria.
Speaking with newsmen on the matter, a senior police source who craved anonymity said theÂ police decided to invite the monarch for questioning following a petition sent to the IGPÂ by one Otunba Kehinde Adeosu over an alleged threat to his life.
â€œBased on the petition sent to the IGP by one Chief Gafaar Arowolo and 5 other members ofÂ the Olaroku family that the Oba has threatened to eliminate them, we invited the Oba toÂ hear his own side of the story so that we can find a permanent solution to the crisisÂ before it gets out of hand.â€
Crime Watch gathered that trouble started when the Olaroku Family won the legal battleÂ against the Olaroku Oriadare Family after a protracted legal battle over the land in suitÂ no. ID/1313/98 in a judgement delivered on the 2 June, 2009.
Speaking with Crime Watch, Chief Arowolo said that the forefathers of Olaroku were theÂ first settlers in Abule Egba, part of Orile Agege, Fagba Iju, up to Orimolade in Ojokoro.
The principal agent to the Olaroku family Otunba Kehinde Adeosu has also vowed to protectÂ the property, since it has been entrusted to him.
When Crime Watch visited Oba Rilwan Oluwalambe in his palace to get his own side of theÂ story he said that Chief Arowolo and some other people wrote a petition against him toÂ the Inspector General of Police which led to him being invited to the Force HeadquartersÂ at Alagbon.
â€œChief Gafaar Arowolo and some other people wrote a petition to the IGP against me andÂ when the police invited me, I went there to write my own statement. Then the policeÂ wanted to detain my younger brother who had accompanied me there, and I said no becauseÂ his name was not mentioned in the petition. But I later bailed him and we came homeÂ together the same day,â€ the monarch explained.