Afforestation: Your Kinsman is using your name to extort us, Ikale youths write Aiyedatiwa

March 2, 2024

2.4 min readCategories: News

It’s a big lie, says Aiyedatiwa’s Kinsman 

A group under the aegis of Concerned Ikale Youths (CIY) has called the governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to call his kinsman, Shina Nejo, popularly known as Abugi to order, for allegedly using the governor’s name to extort timber contractors and farmers in Ondo South forestry.

The unhappy youths, in a statement on Saturday, jointly signed by the President, Egbuwalo Olumide and Secretary, Omosaye Aiyenitaju, said that Ikale and Ilajes have always been good neighbours economically and politically from immemorial, adding that the deliberate culture of silence of Mr. Governor to the excesses of Abugi, his kinsman, is suspicious.

They accused the governor’s kinsman of parading himself as Ondo State Afforestation Consultant with an alleged forged letter which had been denied by the state government which according to them he uses in collecting rental fees from farmers and levies from timber contractors in Omotosho and big-road axis on behalf of the governor.

“Your excellency, we are not pleased that your kinsman, Shina Nejo, who is the youth leader from Aheri Etikan land in Ilaje local government has invaded Ikale land, parading himself as Ondo State Afforestation Consultant with a fake letter he uses to extort our farmers and timber contractors in your name.

“We are surprised that your excellency didn’t check his excesses when he first declared himself as Ondo State Afforestation Consultant despite the cry of timber contractors in the media when you assumed office as the Governor.

“He has obviously grew wings, going about as agent of the state government in demanding rental fees from farmers and levies from timber contractors in Ondo South forestry.

“Your excellency cannot keep quite in the face of oppression, victimization and attempted colonization of Ikale nation by your kinsman. Ikale and Ilajes have always been good neighbours economically and politically from time immemorial.

“We hope this will not strain our relationship despite our unalloyed support for your governorship ambition. We urge you to call Abugi to order now! We also appeal to you to be detribalized in appointing a consultant for Ondo forest reserve and in other political appointments in the state for the sake of posterity”, the statement said.

However, Shina Nejo, denied the allegations, confidently stating that he has never used the name of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to extort money from contractors.

In a telephone interview, Nejo said: “It is a big lie, my brother better hear me clearly, somebody that is there had his contract terminated, with Brainbox and Co, so it is Govt that has taken charge, not me.”

“Anybody can go to media to write whatever they like, It never started today, they have spoilt Tinubu, spoilt many people’s name in this country, that one is not a big deal. It is not genuine”

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