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All Nigeria Latest News reports that the Ekiti State Government has officially granted autonomy to the Odo Oja Community in Ikere Ekiti, recognizing its traditional leader, the Olukere, with the esteemed title of Oba.

The decision to grant autonomy to Odo Oja Community in Ikere Ekiti and recognize its traditional leader as an Oba followed the implementation of the White Paper from the Chieftaincy Review Commission, headed by Justice Babajide Aladejana. The Commission found merit in the application of the Odo Oja Community, affirming its status as an autonomous town.

As indicated in a statement released on Friday and signed by Mr. Adegboyega Morakinyo, the Executive Secretary of the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, the Odo Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti submitted a memorandum to the Commission. The memorandum recommended the community’s recognition as an independent town and the formal acknowledgment of the Olukere as its Oba.

“The Odo Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti submitted a memorandum to the Commission including an application for recognition as an autonomous town and its traditional head as an Oba.

“The Commission found merit in the application and further affirmed the eligibility of the Odo Oja Community to be recognized as an autonomous town and its traditional head as Oba.

“In furtherance of the ongoing review of the implementation of the White Paper on the report of the Commission, Government has revisited the recommendation on the application of the Odo Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti.

“Government accepts the recommendation of the Commission. The Odo Oja Community of Ikere Ekiti is accordingly granted autonomous status and its traditional head-Olukere is hereby recognised as an Oba.”

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