Royal family wants Ondo govt to investigate alleged imposition of Alaboto
The crisis generated by the installation of Alaboto of Aboto in Ilaje local government area of Ondo state continued on Tuesday as Ikohi royal family protested against the alleged imposition of Beniah Idiogbe, as the monarch of the town.
The family in a letter by their counsel, Helicious Ogiren, and addressed to the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said the installed traditional ruler did not hail from the community.
The family also argued that Aboto did not have a registered chieftaincy declaration, saying the emergence of Alaboto had always been according to customs and tradition.
The people said the community had already selected Prince Oyetayo Ofoaye, as the Alaboto elects in accordance with the traditions and customs of his people before the alleged imposition of Idiogbe.
The letter read in part, “We are properly informed by our said clients that Aboto communities do not have any registered chieftaincy declaration and such the Obaship of Aboto in accordance of the customs and traditions of the Aboto people.
“It is also our case that the people of Aboto have selected Prince Oyetayo Ofoaye as the Alaboto elect in accordance to the traditions and customs of his people but one Beniah Adeola Idiogbe who hails from Owo in Ondo state is not an indigene of Aboto but was imposed on them by you by the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy without the consent and authority of Aboto people and the kingmakers sought and obtained.
“It is also our case that apart from the fact that the said Beniah Adeola Idiogbe being an indigene of Owo, there is also a judgment against him which he is currently facing a committal proceeding in respect of the same Aboto land where he claims to become king over.
“It is our further brief that the said Aboto land is not under Amapetu of Mahin and that the court has warned the Amapetu of Mahin land to stay clear from Aboto land and till date the Amapetu of Mahin has never appealed against same”.
The family also alleged that some people “conspired and wantonly destroyed the houses of our said Alaboto elect and members of the Ikohi family” with the use of security personnel.
“Based on the above-said facts, we hereby humbly solicit your quick intervention and set up a committee to investigate the authenticity of our protest”, read the letter.