Traditional worshipers disrupt Federal Housing project in Akure
A mild drama ensued at the site of a Federal Housing Estate project opposite Ondo state police Headquarters, Igbatoro road, Akure on Tuesday when a group of traditional worshippers came in to perform annual ritual at the estate which is under construction.
The worshippers numbering twenty one consist women and men.
They were led by Chief Abisoye Asoga Adigun of Akureland.
They stormed the estate as early as 9:00am on Monday with black fowl, white pigeon and other objects to perform the ritual which caused apprehension among site workers for hours.
This forced the developers of the federal housing estate, Medaville Building & Construction Co. Ltd and its Managing Director, Otunba Ademola Akin-Benson, to seek the intervention of policemen.
The timely intervention of some policemen from the state police headquarters, brought calmness to the scene as the worshippers and the developer were taken to the police headquarters for resolution.
Speaking at a meeting with the police topshots, Otunba Akin-Benson, alleged that the worshippers were being sponsored by land grabbers to use the ritual at the site to scare away the federal housing estate developer and his site workers.
He insisted that the land had been legally acquired by the federal government for the estate.
He said several times in recent past, thugs and ritualists had attacked site workers at the estate, which made him to approach court and the court had ordered all parties to maintain status quo and allow the project to continue.
In a petition signed by the developers lawyer, Mr Femi Emodamori and addressed to the state Commissioner of Police, an Akure monarch was fingered for allegedly sponsoring the ritualists.
Mr Emodamori described the invasion of the federal estate site as traditional hooliganism.
Reacting, the leader of the worshipper,
Chief Abisoye Asoga Adigun of Akureland said contrary to allegations of land grabbing, it was in the tradition to perform the ritual at a small rock inside the estate, at least once in ten years.