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Street fight: Kingmakers to sanction Deji of Akure

By Dayo Johnson
THE Kingmakers in Akureland, Ondo State yesterday expressed disgust over the street fight in which their paramount traditional ruler, Oba Oludare Adepoju engaged in last weekend, just as indication emerged that he would be sanctioned before the end of this week.

Meanwhile, investigation revealed that the office of public defender has approached Olori Bolanle in order to take up the matter and ensure that justice is done over the assault on her by the Oba.

The Police Commissioner, Mogaji Nasarawa said it was his officers that saved the Oba from the ugly scene last Sunday.

Vanguard gathered that the magnitude of the sanction may be grievous following condemnation that trailed the unholy action of the Oba who fought with one of his estranged Olori last Sunday on the street of Akure.

During the free-for-all, the Jeep with the insigma Deji of Akureland was damaged by irate youths who came to the aid of Olori Bolanle after substances suspected to be acid were poured on her on the instruction of the Oba.

Olori Bolanle has been referred from the Specialist Hospital Akure to the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owo, following the burns on her two arms.

According to the referral letter from the surgeon yesterday, there was “pain and wound on both upper limbs following assault by her husband as history of present illness.”

As at the time of filing in this report, the Kingmakers are still meeting on the disgraceful action of their Oba and may come up with  sanction that would put paid to the untraditional actions of the Oba.

It would be recalled that the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko recently saved the traditional ruler after the Kingmakers dethroned him following many of his actions said to be a disgrace to the traditional institution and the Akure Community.

Speaking with Vanguard yesterday, the traditional Prime Minister of Akureland, the Lisa of Akureland, High Chief Folorunso Davies described the latest action of Oba Adepoju as unheard of and disheartening.

High Chief Davies added that the kingmakers are meeting and would convey the outcome to all stakeholders, including the Akure community to Governor Mimiko before action would be taken on the Oba.

Davies noted that “the last time we reported him to all the stakeholders this time around we would do same after our meeting before we come out with a decision on the matter at hand.”

Speaking on the action of the Oba, the lawmaker representing Akure South and North in the House of Assembly, Mr Kunle Agunbiade said the action of the Oba is embarrassing not only to himself but the entire Akure Community.

“It is shameful to the revered traditional institution and this is unbecoming of an Oba. I am ashamed of this action of the Oba”, he said

The Interim Council Chairman of Akure Tayo Oluwatuyi said in his reaction that “we are still investigating and getting briefing from those involved in the free-for-all last Sunday in Akure.”


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