Oke Sopen, the biggest town in Ijebu Igbo was agog on Friday, 19th of May, 2023 as its monarch, HRH, Oba Mufutau Adesesan Yusuf FAAC (ERINKITOLA 1, Sopen Lukale of Oke Sopen) marked the 20th year of his ascension to the throne.
The epoch-making event attracted an array of distinguished personalities and royal fathers who came from far and near to celebrate the monarch.
Part of the activities highlighted for the commemoration of the 20th year anniversary were; the commissioning of So-Safe Corps Office, the laying of foundation of the Nigeria Security & Civil Service Corps (NSCDC) and the commissioning of M’ROYALE EVENTS CENTRE.
In his welcome address, Sopen Lukale, HRH Oba Mufutau Adesesan Yusuf FAAC appreciated all royal fathers, distinguished personalities, security agencies and well wishers present at the event. Stating the reason for the construction of the So-Safe Corps building and foundation laying of the NSCDC office, he said this was meant to aid the smooth running of the day to day activities of the corps in Ijebu Igbo. He expressed dissatisfaction at the situation of their former offices which he described as ‘not suitable’. Oba Yusuf expressed confidence that with the newly constructed offices, activities of the corps in the community would be more efficient.
Speaking at the event, the Orimolusi of Ijebu Igbo, Oba Lawrence Jaiyeoba Adebajo (Ojuromi VI), commended Sopen Lukale for his indelible achievements and commitment to the continuous growth of Oke Sopen. He expressed satisfaction at the level Ijebu Igbo in general is moving steadily, particularly in the area of putting up projects that would aid security in the town.
Orimolusi further stated that the ongoing healthy competition among the monarchs from the six quarters of Ijebu Igbo is germane to the speedy development witnessed in recent times, while urging them to continue to strengthen the cord of unity.
The state commander of Ogun state community, social orientation and safety corps, Soji Ganzallo showered encomium on the Sopen Lukale of Oke Sopen, HRH Oba Mufutau Adesesan Yusuf FAAC for his massive support for the Corps, the latest of which is the construction of the SO-SAFE CORPS office. He assured that the Corps is equally committed to ensuring security of lives and properties across the length and breadth of Ijebu Igbo.
Notable personalities at the event include; the senator representing Ogun east senatorial district, Senator Olalekan Mustapha, Ijebu North local government chairman, Mr. Bolaji Odusanya, Orimolusi of Ijebu Igbo, HRM Oba Lawrence Jayeoba Adebajo (Ojuromi VI), the Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, Oba Abdulrazaq Adenugba, the Oloru of Oru-Ijebu, Oba Abdulrasaq Olufemi Adebanjo, the Olokinne of Ojowo, Oba Abdulrasheed Abayomi Banjo, Bejeroku of Oke Agbo, Oba Adeleke Adekoya, Abijaparako of Japara, Oba Aderemi Ogunye and Oba Ibitoye Solaja, the Keegbo of Atikori.
Others are; the Council of Olorituns, council of baales and the league of Imams from Oke Sopen.