Otun Agoro led other chiefs and supervises the palace and the palace staffs. His responsibility includes the coronation of chiefs at the grove before public presentation and recognition. He is also the chairman of the council of kingmakers. He represents the king in town’s programme or meeting when the king is unavoidably absent; he settles differences based on the position of the king. When the position of Otun-Agoro became vacant, Olude family was to present a candidate as a succor to their losing the Onpetu title to the Oluya. But Olude lineage rejected the Otun-Agoro chieftaincy in order to fight for their right, even though, the Oluya family had held tenaciously to the Onpetu title at the expense of Olude. The incumbent family who is the occupier of the position of Otun Agoro accepted it.
Those who had been installed as Otun-Agoro include Chief Adedoyin Oyinkanola, who was the first Otun-agoro of Ijeru. He was succeeded by Chief Lawani Akinbola Alao. Akinbola Alao died in 1953 creating a vacancy up till 1978. But in 1978, Chief John Adeyemi Alabi was installed the Otun Agoro. This was when Soun Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, honoured another Osupa descendant with the same chieftaincy which originally belonged to Onpetu. The person from Osupa was from the Oloola Compound. This led to a court case and government investigated the matter and discovered that Soun went outside his jurisdiction to appoint an Otun-Agoro. The Soun of Ogbomoso challenged the Onpetu by instituting a case at Ogbomoso High Court. However, he lost the case in Ogbomoso but he appealed to the Court of Appeal in Ibadan where he also lost. The Otun-goro, Chief John Alabi was adjudged the winner after eighteen years.
The chieftaincy title is a hereditary one in Ijeru. There are two ruling houses for the title and they are the Kongo Compound and Areago Compound. Aare Ago is the king adviser and a member of the council of kingmakers. The present Areago was installed in 1979 during the reign of Onpetu Yusuf Abidoye Atobatele.
Abese is also a hereditary title and like the Areago was a member of the council of kingmakers. He also advises the king when the need arises. The incumbent is Chief Joshua Akande from Apataiku Compound.
This is the heritage of Oluwusi Aremu, an Omu-Aran prince. He was the progenitor of Abede lineage which are Abede-Oke, while Abede-Isale was the Olominu of Omu-Aran. In the case of Oluwusi Aremu, he contested the Olominu of Omu-Aran and lost the chieftincy, thus his relocation to Ijeru. He had initially settled at Ilepa along the Panda Osogbo-Ogbomoso Road. Oluwusi Aremu with his people later left Ilepa because ‘small brown’ monkeys (Ijimere) were destroying their farm produce and went to a place where “Egbinrin” (a plant that flourishes in the morning but whiter at night) and ede plant were prominent. The ‘ede’ was destroyed with cutlass where they settled and as such, the new settlement was called Abe-Ede which was later shortened to Abede. The ede plant has thorns which make it difficult for Ijimere to climb it.
The Wukuwuku war that ravaged yorubaland created a serious migration problem and demographic challenges. This was when the descendants of Oluwusi Aremu settled with other towns on Oluoje land in Ijeru in the anticipation to wage war against the Ilorin. Oral tradition affirmed that before they left Abede, they consulted Ifa oracle for guidance and it was the Ifa oracle that advised that Akinyele should lead them. They followed him until he founded Abede in Oke-Ijeru, the place that became Bara compound today. Akinyele’s younger brother spent
several years in Ijeru before he settled at Oke Laka in accordance with Ifa oracle’s directive. These are all of the same parentage with Olomu Aperan, omo Oloro Agogo, the Abede Oke and Isale.
Akinyele gave birth to three male children, namely, Ajala, Mosebolatan and Arokogunnana. Ajala who founded the Bara’s compound; Mosebolatan founded Alagadangba compound and Arokogunana founded the Arokogunnana compound under the government of Onpetu at Ijeru. These families cooperated with then reigning Onpetu Oyeniya and Fasina Iyanda. In fact, whenever Pa. Fasina returns from the farm or concluded the days’ work, he would retire to play Ayo game or relax in the palace of Onpetu Oyeniya. Pa. Fasina was a wise and brilliant man; his advice always assisted Onpetu Oyeniya in the settlement of communal disputes. Onpetu Oyeniya in appreciation of his support honoured him with the title Barandajo in 1862. The chieftaincy has now become the inheritance of his family.
Orisatolu Baale Agbinsapa was Balogun to Oganindele. He was succeeded by Onise Okun, Olusopo, and Obadede in that order. Olasinmiran was the Balogun when Atoyebi left Oje to Ikoyi and some Onpetu princes moved to Ijeru due to the Onpetu chieftaincy crisis. The Balogun chieftaincy was very important in the period before the colonial rule in Yorubaland, because he executed war on behalf of the people and the king. The Balogun also see to the safety of the town at all time by holding regular meetings with the hunting guild. The Balogun is also an adviser to the king as well as one of the kingmakers. He must know if an alien enters into the town and his mission and if he discovered that the stranger was dangerous, after deliberations with Kabiyesi, such a stranger will be sent away. The present Chief Balogun is Chief Isamotu Aremu.
This title belong to two families namely the Kiribiti and the Owu-lani Compound. This chieftaincy title is hereditary.
Jagun chieftaincy title is hereditary. Jagun and Balogun work in tandem. The Jagun is as an adviser to the king on security of the town. Abojosu Compound and Aireke Compound are those entitle to Jagun chietaincy
The chieftaincy title is hereditary. Aaremole is an important chieftaincy in Ijeru. He liased between (Omo-Osu) (Women that go back to their parent’s house after divorce) and Kabiyesi. The title created is to involve the Princes in the adminstartion of Ijeru. The duty of the chief is to present the position of the princesess to the king and vice versa. Aaremole supervised the king’s palace, and repaired damage things.
Iyalode is an important chieftaincy that represents the interest of women in the town. Iyalode is like a king to the women folks. She advises the king. Oba Solomon Ladeji was the first to installed woman from Otun Agoro Compound as chief Iyalode according to history. The current holder of the chieftaincy is Mrs Theresa, a smart woman and lover of progress.