The main goal of this study was to assess the approaches to indigenous dispute resolution in
Ikoro Ekiti in Ijero Local Government area of Ekiti State. Efforts of resolving disputes in the
western part of the country most especially the community in question are proving futile.
This is because, the efforts are largely conventional in nature. The applications of modern law
court system in dispute resolution have been very minimal as many prefer locally traditional
knowledge and procedure.
This general objective of the study was to assess the AJO OGBON AND OLUKORO IN
COUNCIL indigenous dispute resolution mechanism in rural Ikoro Ekiti. Specifically, to
identify the types, procedure and sources of dispute in the area with regard to the AJO
OGBON dispute resolution mechanism.
The research designed employed for this study was case study research design. To this end,
random sampling design was used, employing 100 total sample sizes. Its composition was
from AJO OGBON, OLUKORO IN COUNCIL and individuals at community level. The
study was conducted using data collection techniques which involves administration of
questionnaires to elicit information from them. Descriptive statistics such as frequency
distribution, simple percentage and test statistic and content analysis were employed to
analyse all generated data.
The study found that disputes such as witch craft accusations, land grabbing, marital
infidelity exist in Ikoro Ekiti and the mechanism of resolving this disputes are mainly AJO
OGBON and OLUKORO IN COUNCIL. The study also found that indigenous practices of
dispute settlement are cultural and community specific and are viable mechanisms of
promoting peace in such societies. The study concluded that despite an advancement in
western adjucation and litigation settlement of cases through court of law, the fact still remain