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Alake of Egba sets up committee to intervene in dispute between Arepo monarch, Journalists estate residents

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By Samuel Bankole

The monarch of Abeokuta and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has waded into the crisis between residents of journalists’ estate and the host community Arepo with a view to find lasting solution to it.

The monarch had in response to the request of the officials of the Journalists Estate Residents Development Association (JERDA) during a visit to the Alake Palace set up a committee to be headed by one of his senior high chiefs.

JERDA officials had implored the monarch to direct those who destroyed the estate entrance arch to reinstall in and seek further discussion on the need to secure the areas without compromise the security of Journalists living within the community.

The Alake committee led by Osi of Egbaland, a senior high chief, Bode Mustapha is expected to visit Arepo community on a fact finding mission next week and report back to the monarch.

The officials of the estate had requested the Egba palace to ask those who pulled down the arch to reinstall it back and ask residents of Ebute, often refers to as Beachland estate and JERDA to work out modalities for a joint security of the two estates “as Journalists Estate cannot afford to compromise the security of her residents moving forward.”

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The monarch of Arepo, Atanda Oyebi is one of the Egba chiefs who report to the Alake and has been in the centre of the crisis which has pitched residents of Journalists estate in the community with their neighbours, who are the settlers at the Ebute area of the community.

In February, jointly sponsored hoodlums by the palace and the Ebute people had invaded Journalists estate, pulled down the newly installed arch at the entrance of the estate in contravention of the approval of the Ogun state government.

According to the invading hoodlums, both the Arepo palace and the Ebute people are against the installation of the Arch, which they believed was part of the efforts by the Journalists estates residents to shut out other members of the community to make use of the main road that passes through the estate.

The leader of the invading ‘army’, one Segun, who said he was the Chief Akinrogun of Arepo claimed that he was instructed by the monarch to pull down the arch because residents of the estate had failed to obtain permission from the palace before it was installed.

He also said the leader of the Ebute, a neighbouring estate within Arepo, Emmanuel Akudinobi had came to the palace to ask for the monarch assistance to pull the arch down because it was obstructing the main road passing through the estate.

Journalists had established the estate in 2003 to cater for the accomodation needs of its members and have since live in peace with their neighbours until coming of the Ebute residents who disputed the decision of the Journalists estate to errect gates on the entrance of their estate.

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