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OTTA HAS NEVER BEEN CAPTURED BY THE EGBA’S, OLOTA REPLIES ALAKE -TMnews

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The Olota of Ota, Oba Prof. Adeyemi Obalanlege has responded to the Alake of Egba Land, saying “Though I am presently on official assignment in Switzerland, I need to remind Alake of Ake that in Ogun State, the settlement of Awori people preceded the establishment of Abeokuta as an Egba Kingdom in 1830. Otta, the foremost Awori town within the present Ogun state and which is the industrial nerve centre, for instance,  has been existing since the 15th century.

The first Olota, Oba Ikoriku Toribo was coronated in 1621, while the first Alake in Abeokuta, Sagbua Okukenu was crowned on 8th August,  1854. It goes without saying that putting an Olota under an Alake is both a traditional misnomer and historic fallacy.  The Ife palace, where the crowns came from knows better! Never in history has Otta been captured by the Egbas, rather we rescued them from Oyo invasion.”
 

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