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Commission Dismisses Modakeke Request for Traditional Autonomy

The Judicial Commission of Enquiry Constituted by the Osun State Government to examine the disputed traditional chieftaincy matters in Ife Zone has dismissed the request by the Modakeke community to have separate traditional autonomy.

The commission headed by Justice A. B Abdul- Kareem at its proceedings in Osogbo, the State Capital held that there cannot be a separate and independent Traditional Council in Modakeke despite having Area Council.

According to Justice Abdul- Kareem, history and available evidence before the commission established that Ogunsua remained the subject of Ooni of Ife and cannot have separate independent traditional authority.

The commission therefore struck out the Modakeke application and adjourned other matters till further notice.

Other matters postponed for ruling includes a request placed before the commission to decide whether every family in Modakeke can produce Ogunsua. It was adjourned till the final presentation of the  commission white paper.

State government had earlier constituted a Commission to investigate the correctness orotherwise of all disputed declarations in respect of recognized chieftaincies in the state and identify the faults if any, in such chieftaincy declarations.

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It also empowered to investigate and identified  all problems and issues surrounding the administration of the 5% allocation to Traditional Council in the State and make appropriate recommendations aimed at ensuring the proper application and administration of the fund.

24 issues were presented before the commission with legal representatives from  Ile –Ife and  Modakeke

Barrister Genga Omiwale, counsel to Ife Community led  Professor Adeshina  from History Department, University of Ibadan and  Dr Adesoji, Head of History Department, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife  in evidence and holistically analysed Ife traditional supremacy.

The two frontline historians affirmed that Ile Ife is no doubt the Cradle of Yourba race and as such, Ooni of Ife remains the head above all Yoruba beaded crown monarchs.

Dignitaries at the proceedings includes the Ogunsua of Modakeke and his entourage,  Mr Olushola Olajire , representing Ife Legacy Foundation, Chief Musedike Akanni- Loodoko Adimula and Chief Oluwole Bode Thomas – Loodoko Adimula Ladapo 1.


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