Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday inaugurated a panel of inquiry to look into the crisis arising from land dispute between Araromi Obu and Ikale (Ago Alaye).
The governor asked the panel, led by Mr. Tunde Atere, to be dispassionate, courageous, just and fair to all parties in the dispute.
It will be recalled that violence recently erupted between Araromi Obu and Ikale over ownership of land. The violence led to the loss of lives and destruction of valuable properties.
Immediately after the violence, the governor swiftly mobilised armed security personnel to the scene.
He also imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ago Alaye to stem the crisis from festering. This was besides the governor’s on-the-spot assessment of the area to deepen his understanding of the issues in question.
But, inaugurating the panel of inquiry in his office, Governor Akeredolu once again condemned the crisis and described it as avoidable, most undesirable and needless.
He said the panel represented the highpoint of his determination to resolve the needles crisis, as well as prevent recurrence.
He expressed hope that the inauguration of the panel would provide a lasting solution to the crisis.
According to him, the state government will continually display the readiness, willingness and capacity to resolve crisis notwithstanding who is involved.
He said: “The land dispute involving both communities which resulted in the loss of lives and the wanton destruction of properties shall not be overlooked.”