By DAUD OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA
A popular maxim has it that the rich also cry. The reality of this recently played itself out in Ogun State as a traditional ruler, the Aga-Olowo in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Abdulrasheed Adeosun, narrowly escaped death when he was attacked by a gang of suspected assassins which stormed his palace in the wee hours penultimate Sunday.
Narrating his scary experience, the embattled Oba said he had to escape through the back door of his palace barefooted and without his royal paraphernelia. Thereafter, he trekked about 32 kilometres in the bush to safety. The Oba’s near-death experience can only but convince all and sundry that even traditional rulers in Ogun State are no longer immune to the problems of insecurity ravaging the gateway state.
The Oba while speaking with Vanguard Metro, VM, said he now finds it difficult to sleep since the incident as a result of fear of possible return of the unknown gunmen who he believed were hell-bent to sack him and take over the village. And for this, he is appealling to the state government and the State Police Command to save him from those he alleged were after his life.
The Alaga of Aga-Olowo said some people were desperately after his life and had concluded plans to eliminate him over the stool and the land he is occupying. “I am alive by His grace. I would have been dead by now. My assailants were sent by someone who is desperate to occupy the royal seat that does not belong to him. I am the rightful occupant of the seat because I was legally appointed as Baale of the village by the late Olowu of Owu, Oba Olawale Adisa Odeleye before I was upgraded by the state government,” he said.
He appealed to the state government to protect him and his subjects from his opponents, who he fears are waiting to unleash terror on him and his village. “They have promised to unleash terror on my village just to create disaffection among the peaceful inhabitants of Aga-Olowo,” he said .
Also speaking with VM,the head of the Atere family,which produced Oba Adeosun, Chief Sodeinde Sanusi, while asking the state government to intervene, said: “We are law-abiding citizens, but we would not fold our arms and allow our ancestral gifts to be taken away from us. They have told us that they will use both the apparatus of government as well as intimidation and coercion to cause crisis in the village. That’s why we are praying the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun to come to our aid.”
monarch said he had reported the incident at the Police station in Itori, in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the State. According to him, “there is a grand plan to banish me and my people in Aga-Olowo village by some people who claimed to be owners of the land on which the village is founded”.
He, however, pointed accusing fingers at the Officer-in-Charge of the anti-robbery unit in the state Police Headquarters, one SUPOL Fola Ogunkoya as well as the former Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Wale Lawal, for allegedly supporting the hoodlums. He said: “We are appealing to government to help us out. I would have been killed if I had been not vigilant. A former Olu of Itori and his cohorts are the ones terrorizing us in Aga-Olowo and its environs”.
Reacting to the allegation, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi denied the alleged involvement of the police in the matter. He said that the monarch brought some thugs to the area during the celebration of a land matter judgement that went in their favour which prompted police to invite him for interrogation.
He said: “ It is a lie; the man was invited by police for bringing thugs to the area and was granted a bail on self recognition. The matter has been transfered to Zone 2,in Lagos . I don’t know more about it”.