Akeredolu intervenes, reopens Ikare Central mosque, dissolves committees

An Ad-hoc committee ordered by the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has intervened in the religious unrest in Ikare Akoko with the aim of restoring peace and order in the management of Ikare Akoko Central Mosque.

The Akeredolu’s committee has therefore met with all parties involved in the crisis.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale who presided at the meeting held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s Hall in Akure, was joined in the mediation by some eminent personalities including a former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo; State Commissioner for Lands and Infrastructure, Engr. Raimi Aminu; Chairman Akoko North East Local Government Council, Hon Omojola Ashimiyu and a Retired Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Kunle Sanni.

Other persons in the mediation are: the Chairman League of Imam and Alfas in Ondo State, who is also the Chief Imam of Owo; Alhaji Ahmed Aladesawe; Chief Imam of Ondo, Alhaji Bashir Alimi ; Chief Imam of Akure Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Yayi Akorede ; Chairman Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board, Alhaji Zikirulah Adam and Chief Imam of Government House Mosque, Alhaji Anola Yunus.

In his remarks, Chief Olugbenga Ale said the meeting was in response to some letters received by the State Governor indicative of some degree of restiveness among Muslim worshippers at the Ikare Akoko Central Mosque.

According to the Committee Chairman, Governor Akeredolu quickly directed an inquisition into the brewing crisis to forestall a breakdown of law and order among the Muslim community in the ancient town.

The meeting which lasted over three hours took presentation of positions from the Chief Imam of Ikare group, a delegation of the Olukare, Oba Saliu Akadiri Momoh and the Mosque Management Committee.

Rising from the meeting, the Committee ordered the reopening of Ikare Central Mosque earlier closed at the heat of the crisis and equally directed the dissolution of all committees set up by either of the parties to the crisis.

The meeting is expected to meet with the concerned stakeholders again before the presentation of its report to the State Government.