In a determined attempt to resolve the 60-year-old land tussle between Ado and Ilawe Ekiti, the Ekiti State government has summoned the lawyers and surveyors of the two feuding towns.
The government said the action became imperative following unraveling of documents that needed to be viewed with intellectual and mental expertise of these professionals representing the two disputing communities and their counterparts in the public service.
The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye gave the directive in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday, while mediating in a 60- year old land dispute between Ilawe-Ekiti and Ado.
The Deputy Governor, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje, frowned at the reported cases of assaults being experienced on the land, despite the stringent warning that nobody should trespass on the land until the matter is finally resolved.
“Available records show that this land dispute began in 1963, but we have to try and lay it to rest. Ado and Ilawe Ekiti are one and it is the love and unity that has existed between you that must be the guiding principle in this matter.
“We are giving you an ultimatum of two weeks to bring your surveyors and lawyers to work with experts from the Ministry of Justice and our Land dispute Resolution Technical Committee to look at all the available documents.
“These experts will also guide us on all former documented agreements you had entered into since 1971 on that land to know the direction we are going to toe for speedy resolution of this crisis,” he said.
The Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi, appreciated the government for being zealous in resolving the crisis, claiming that his town, through the Ekiti South Local Government, had paid for a portion of the contentious area of the land going by available documentation.
The monarch, represented by Elemo of Oke -Emo, Chief Gbenga Agbona, promised to abide by the verdict passed by the government so that the matter can be resolved expeditiously.
The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, represented by Akitipa of Odo Community, Chief Ademola Adepoju, applauded the government for being impartial in the resolution of the crisis.
Oba Adejugbe pledged that his people will abide by the government’s instruction and comply with all directives that would avert bloodshed or violence over the land tussle.