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Land Tussle: CAN Demands Return Of Land Allegedly Sold By Alaafin


The Christian Association of Nigeria, Oyo Zone, on Tuesday demanded that the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, must return a land at the Ayetoro area of the town, adding that, the land belonged to CAN.

According to ThEPUNCH, the Oyo CAN had earlier embarked on a protest against Alaafin, saying the land, measuring 96 plots (approximately 16 acres), was procured by the body from the old Oyo Local Government Area authorities.

On Tuesday in Ibadan, the Christian body revealed that Oba Adeyemi had been selling parts of the said property to some investors in the town

The Director of State Issues and Social Welfare, CAN, Bishop Daniel Oluwajimade, said:

“Almost about 16 years ago, the Christian Association of Nigeria bought 16 acres of land from the local government council in Oyo. They have been paying the yearly tenement rate to the local government council.

“The land is not owned by the CAN in the Atiba Local Government Area, but the entire CAN in Oyo town.

“Our demand is that Oba Adeyemi should leave that land. It is not his land. The land belongs to CAN. The zone paid for it.”

Meanwhile, in a letter signed by the monarch, Oba Adeyemi, it contained the land and the adjoining property belonged to the crown contrary to the allegation by the Oyo Zonal CAN,

The Monarch revealed it is not in the practice or tradition of the Oyo palace to engage in public controversy with any sector of Oyo community, especially on religious matters.

Letter read in parts:

“For the record, the land hitherto named as Ayetoro Scheme is erroneous, as the entire area is known as ‘Gbofin’ which incidentally is one of the ancestral stool land of the Alaafin with approximately 1,118 plots as against the 96 plots claimed to have been owned by CAN; and Alaafin has been exercising ownership and in so doing, some parts of the land were allocated to members of the royal family without any consideration and have been inhabited by them or their allottees for a reasonably long period of time with over 2,000 buildings without disturbance from any quarters, including Atiba Local Government Area.

“It is also on records that it was through the instrumentality of the Alaafin that such reputable and highly revered religious bodies like the Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Catholic and of late, Pentecostal churches, were provided with auspicious land settlements in Oyo. This magnanimity goes to the extent of the Alaafin providing space for Sunday church service in his palace.

“To allege that the Alaafin of Oyo is trespassing or attempting to grab the said land is not only absurd, but alien. Can the owner of the land be a trespasser or grabber of his own property? It looks not only absurd, but paradoxical for a group who supposedly parade themselves as godly people to be involved in fraudulent claims over land that was not only illegally transferred to them by Atiba LGA, but also fraught with inconsistencies as against the Alaafin, who had surveyed and registered the same land since 1996.

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