9th December, 2010
The Ilogbo-Eremi Oba in-council and citizens of Ilupeju Estaste of the community inÂ Olorunda Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, have appealed to the LagosÂ State governor to investigate an alleged unlawful act of the vice chairman of theÂ council, Mr. Michael Ewenla Okenla, for removing a street name and blocking anÂ access road to the entire community by erecting a gate there.
Speaking on behalf of the citizens, Bashorun N.O.A. Asade, said when the communityÂ noticed the act, emissaries were sent to the vice chairman over the issue but wereÂ shocked as he simply rebuffed them even with the intervention of the townâ€™s monarch,Â Oba Moses Ayinde Adetunji Olaleye.
Chief Asade stated further that the community is unanimous in condmening theÂ attitude of the vice chairman, adding that they will not relent in ensuring thatÂ government projects and property are adequately protected.
â€œThe vexed issue is that the supposedly church he built on the contentious spot wasÂ never at any time used for worship since it was erected 15 years ago, rather, it isÂ used as a recreating centre for him and members of his family.
â€œAlthough the matter has been reported at Morogbo Police Division, still the viceÂ chairman failed to yield, but went ahead to cause a petition to be written to theÂ State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, alleging threat to his life.
We therefore call on Governor Fashola, whose leadership is all about service toÂ humanity and respect for the rule of law as well as fundamental human rigths forÂ all, irrespective of class or status, to interven in the matter and call the viceÂ chairman to order to avoid unnecessary bloodshed,â€ he stated.
Okenla could not be reached for his own comment over the matter.