The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the faceoff between indigenes of the town and the Nigerian Army over a parcel of land.

The disputed land was located in the Kelebe-Omu area of the town.

The monarch, who spoke in his palace in Osogbo, was reacting to the allegations that the Nigerian Army had started selling the land for a sum of N7.5 million per 500 square metres.

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile-Ife, presided over by Justice O. Ayoola, on January 10, 2023, in his judgment on the case instituted against the Nigerian Army by the Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association, asked the army to vacate the 3,646 acres of land belonging to the landowners.

Oba Oyetunji, who said no indigene of Osogbo should be subjected to any manner of inhuman treatment over their involvement in the land tussle, further noted, “I want government and other stakeholders to intervene in this matter.

“The army should not cheat my subjects over the land located at Kelebe area in Osogbo. We are not troublemakers. We have been saying this before now and we won’t allow anyone to engage in trouble.

“I plead with the federal and state governments to please look into the matter critically. They should order the Nigerian Army to relinquish the possession of the land.”

He said the court gave its verdict in favour of the people of Osogbo, adding that the copy of the judgment was with him.

“The court has given its verdict in our favour and we have a copy of the judgment. No one is above the law because the law is above even those that made it,” he said.

The leader of Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association, Chief Amodu Akanbi, alleged that despite the court judgment given in favour of the association, the Nigerian Army had continued to hold onto the land, adding that a firm hired by the military had been put in charge of the land sale.

“The Post-Service Housing Development Limited incorporated by the Nigerian Army to manage the said land is selling it plot-by-plot, with the sum of N7.5 million for 500sqm and N15m for 1000sqm to private individuals.

“Kelebe-Omu Landowners Association comprises the good people of Osogbo across 45 family compounds in Osogbo and Olorunda local government areas of Osun State.

“We are here to expose the constant disobedience of the Nigerian Army to judgment of the court and the rule of law, which is threatening the peace of the public, especially Osogbo, the Osun State capital, hence, the intervention of the higher authority is urgently required,” Chief Akanbi said.

“In compliance with the court judgment, we visited our land to executive the court judgment, but some military personnel led by one Alayande forcefully dragged, harassed, beaten us, destroyed our vehicles, and took about 30 of us to Ede Barack, threatening to kill if we dare come on the land again.

“It took the intervention of our father, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, before we could be released,” he said.

Chief Akanbi warned members of the public against buying Kelebe-Omu land from the Nigerian Army, saying that all transactions after the January 10, 2023 court judgment amounted to contempt of court.