The Paramount ruler of Ijare land, Olujare of Ijare, Oba Adebamigbe Oluwagbemigun – the Kokotiri II has passed on to join his ancestors at the age of 83.
Oba Oluwagbemigun, who was a trained Engineer, ascended the throne in 1996.
While the news of his demise went viral on Thursday night, sources including some high chiefs in the town said it was a rumour.
The Prime Minister of Ijare who is the Sasere of Ijare, High Chief Wemimo has however confirmed his passage.
Ijare is a prominent towns in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
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Meanwhile, Men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, code named Amotekun Corps have arrested a 52-year-old man, Ibrahim Musa, his two underaged children as well as his 49 cows for flouting government’s directive on open grazing.
They were also accused of harassing a septuagenarian in Kajola area of Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo state.
It was gathered that the underaged children; Audu Ibrahim and Musa Ibrahim, who are six years old twins, threatened one 70 years old woman, Victoria Ajayi, who is sick in her home with a cutlass.
Narrating her experience, the septuagenarian said she was in her house, when her grandson living with her alerted that cows had invaded their farm.
“That evening, I was resting after taking my drugs because I was on medication for hypertension. My little boy called and said there were cows in our farm. I saw a man standing afar, while the two little boys were with the cows.
”I asked them to call on their father, but they turned deaf ears to my words and looked at me angrily.
“As I was trying to make the children understand they should take the cows out of my farm, one of them brought out cutlass and pointed it to my face. Then I knew I was in for a big trouble.
”I quickly called my little grandson and went inside and shut my door. They were there for hours as I watched the cows ate my vegetables, pepper and also watched how they dug my heaps of yams with their legs and eat my long awaited ready-to-be harvested yams.
“I quickly reached for my drugs because I have been managing High Blood Pressure for sometimes. I quickly took my boy and went out through the back door where they could not see me because I never knew their next move as we were alone in the house.”
The septuagenarian said the thought of renting another house came across her mind immediately, as she is scared of the frequent herdsmen invasion with cows to her house.
She added, “But this time, they almost got aggressive as I can’t predict their next move. I quickly left the house through the back door, dropped my boy with a neighbour and took an Okada to Amotekun’s office for help.
”I’m so glad that immediately I narrated my ordeal, they followed me to my house and got them arrested.
Speaking, the 52-year-old herder, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, an indigene of Kastina, who regretted his action, claimed it was a mistake.
“This is really a mistake. I have been living in Akure for over 30 years without having issued with anyone.
“I was not around when the incident occurred. It was my little boys that were undergoing training on how to become herders that misbehaved.
“I was at Sabo area in Akure when it all happened. The younger one goes out with the senior while on training”, he said.
Confirming the arrest, the state Corps Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye said; “We got a distress call from a woman that her farm has been destroyed by herders and that her life was under threat.
“Our response team moved immediately and we met the cows actually ravaging the farmland. We also met two under aged shepherds as this is clearly against the Law put in place by the state government.
“You will recall that the Ondo State government has banned underaged grazing and wanton destruction of food crops.
“This is the reason we got them arrested, knowing fully well that their father will show up.”
Adeleye said the children would be charged to Juvenile Court to face the law.