By DAYO JOHNSON
THREE traditional chiefs appointed by the paramount ruler of Mahinland in the riverine area of Ondo State, the Amapetu, Oba Lawrence Omowole, have been sacked over alleged illegal sale of community lands and other sundry offences .
The chiefs, appointed to oversee the administration of some communities within Igbokoda, were accused of “acting inconsistent to the oath of their traditional offices”.
Speaking on behalf of the paramount ruler, Chief Godwin Ola-Balogun, who is also the Yasere and traditional Prime Minister of the kingdom, alleged that they engaged in illegal sales of community lands, refused to answer to queries on the allegations, insubordination and gross disrespect to the Amapetu and the body of traditional chiefs.
Ola-Balogun said it was imperative to remove the chiefs “because they were already, by their actions, allegedly destroying the social and economic fabric of the communities they headed”.
But one of the sacked chiefs said, on behalf of others that though, they had been served, the action of the Amapetu was illegal because they were duly appointed.
While denying the allegations levelled against him and his colleagues, the chief said all they did since their appointment were within their authority, adding that “appropriate response would be taken against the action of the Amapetu”