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INDIGENES of Sango/
Ijoko in Ado-Odo/Ota Local
Government Area of Ogun
State have appealed to former
President Olusegun Obasanjo to
wade into the crises generated
by the proposed Ijoko/Ota Local
Council Development Area,
LCDA.
The indigenes, yesterday,
took their protest to the hilltop
mansion of the former president
with a plea that he should
intervene in the proposed
creation of the LCDAs.
The protesters were earlier
at the Ogun State House of
Assembly in Oke-Mosan,
Abeokuta, where they submitted
a petition against the proposed
Sango/Ijoko LCDA.
Though they didn’t meet
Obasanjo as he was said to have
travelled out of the country, but
the Baale of Igan community,
Idowu Jacob Olaniyi, who
addressed a press conference
at the entrance of Obasanjo’s
residence, said the proposed
LCDA was meant to shortchange
Sango Indigenes.
The traditional ruler said the
boundary arrangement in the
proposed LCDA would cede all
the basic amenities belonging to
Sango communities to Ota area.
“Our boundary is in Gangan to
Abule Ijoko and we don’t want
to be merged with Otta. We want
to thank the former president
for helping us get an LCDA, but
we also want to appeal to him to
help us talk to the governor on
the boundary adjustment.”
Earlier at the Assembly, the
protesters, who were armed
with placards with various
inscriptions like, “Pls, let’s avoid
a repeat of Modakeke and Ife,
kindly leave us alone”, “For
continuous peace, don’t merge
us with Otta LCDA”, “We are one
since centuries, don’t divide us
now”, amongst others, blocked
the entrance to the ssembly. However, the Speaker
and his Deputy, Suraj Isola
Adekunbi, and Olakunle
Oluomo respectively
approached the protesters
and received the petition from
them.
Addressing the protesters,
the speaker, who revealed that
the Assembly had received
over a hundred petitions on
the proposed LCDAs, assured
that it will be treated in the
interest of peace.
He said the petitions
contained vital information
that will assist the Assembly
in doing the right thing before
the bill is passed into law.
“Everything is still about the
proposed creation of LCDAs
and you are here to assist and
give us more information to
ensure that we do the right
thing before the passage of the
bill.
“We have received so many
petitions, over 100 and we
are going to address all of
them. We will not do anything
except what the people want.
These issues will be critically
looked into at the right time
and I want to appeal to you
not to take laws into your
hands because the law is made
for man and not the other way
round.”
Addressing journalists
at the Assembly complex,
a community leader, Chief
Aderemi Quadr, said the
communities were against
the boundary arrangement
because such will take away
all their basic amenities
including Garage/Market,
three primary schools, Sango
Community Secondary and
the only health centre in the
area.


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