Ondo State: High Court Resolves 15 Years Land Dispute in Favour of Ikale

Written by on October 22, 2021

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the State Capital has resolved a dispute over ownership of land hosting the State-owned Araromi Obu Rubber plantation in favour of Ikale comprising Okitipupa and Irele Local Governments in Ondo South Senatorial District.

The court presided by Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu granted the customary ownership of the expanse of land hosting the plantation and many other land in dispute to the Ikales.

The Court’s verdict came 15 years after the case was instituted by the monarch of Araromi-Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola against his counterpart,the Abodi of Ikale land,Oba George Faduyile. Another defendant was the Lisa of Ikoya Chief Aderoloye Netufo.

The disputed land ceded to the Ikale by court’s pronouncement included; Araromi-Obu, Ajebamidele, Aiyesan, Tenola, Koseru, Oniparaga, Kajola, Imorun, Laleipa, Aiyetimbo, Ajebambo, Adewinle, Akinseye, Okefara, Omowole, Agoidogun, Obadoore, Ogunlepa, Onipetesi, Mile 49, Labon, Temidire, Sakoto1 and 11, Basola 1 and 11, Ago Alaiye, Ayetoro 1 and II, and Onitea.

Others are; Enujowo, Agirifon 1 and II, Igo, Sidigi, Komowa, Oke-Ojakoparun, Lokuta Libara, Araromi Oil Palm Estate Camp, Fesojoye 1, Oduduwa village, Mogaji Village, Chief Marcel’s village, Ajibodu and Bolorunduro 1 and II.

Justice Akeredolu,who is the State Chief Judge in her verdict held that the defendants had by traditional history been able to prove that the disputed land belonged to them.

She said: “I hold that they (defendants) are entitled to the customary right of occupancy over the lands.”

The people of Araromi Obu through their counsel, Mr. Olagoke Fakunle (SAN), had sought “a declaration that the plaintiff are entitled to the statutory right of occupancy to the piece or parcel of land situate, lying and being at Araromi-Obu, Ondo state the same measuring approximately 43,212.612 hectares as contained in the plan showing further amended land in dispute plan number DIS/OD/1090/2010/001 prepared Surveyor A.O Yusuf.

The plaintiffs in the suit included Oba Adelola, the Ajobu of Araromi Obuland, Mr. Johnson Ladekugbe, Chief Tola Akintemi, Prince Adegboyega Adenikinju, and Mr. Bisi Adesanlu.

They sought “a declaration that any purported sale, lease or transfer of any part of the aforementioned piece or parcel of land to any person or persons whatsoever including the 4th defendant by any of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th defendants and their privies and agents without the consent and authorities of the plaintiff is illegal, null and void and of no any effect whatsoever and same be set aside forthwith.”

They also asked for a sum of #50million for special and general damages against all the defendants jointly and severally for trespass committed since 1994 and still being committed by all the defendants.

But the defendants led by their counsel, Otunba Olusegun Otayemi and Babatunde Tobase argued that the Abodi who was the progenitor of the Ikale race, founded the land in dispute as the Ikales were the ones who settled the people of Araromi-Obu where they are.

Ruling in favour of the Ikales, the court granted an injunction against Araromi Obu restraining them from trespassing into Ikale territory.

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