Ibadan—Mogajis (family heads) have said that Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji and the Osi Olubadan, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja will not attend the peace meeting approved by Governor Abiola Ajimobi until the gunmen who invaded the Popoyemoja palace of the Olubadan are apprehended and brought to justice.

The group made this known during their meeting held at the Oja’ba Palace in Ibadan yesterday.

A truce committee was last weekend raised to midwife peace among the gladiators with a view to returning Ibadan to its peaceful status.

Those on the committee include: President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, some members of Ibadan Elders Forum, Religious leaders, opinion moulders, among others.

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But spokesman of the  Mogajis, Chief Wale Oladoja said that the group was worried that after a week no one had been arrested in connection with the attack.

He said; “We deliberated extensively on the recent attack on the palace which occurred exactly a week ago; the peace parley and the security implications of the invasion of Oba’s Palace among other issues.

“We are worried that a week after the incident and governor’s insistence that he knew those who attacked the palace, the suspects are yet to be apprehended and brought to book. Yet they are talking of peace parley. Could they be talking about peace if the Kabiyesi’s life had been exterminated by gun toting palace invaders?

“We align with the position of Yoruba Sociocultural group, Afenifere that the governor should fish out the gunmen and make them face prosecution. The police should also conclude their investigation on time and bring the suspects to justice. Anything short of this, we are ready to hold a mega rally to demand same from those concerned.

“The Mogajis also reviewed the truce committee members and we have our reservations because many of them especially the CCII and Ibadan Elders are compromised and would be too biased in their judgment. So, we shall impress it on Kabiyesi and High Chief Ladoja to stay away from such arrangement. We will welcome a situation whereby those mediating are the religious leaders of the three major faiths; Christian, Islam and the traditionalists and not people whose antecedents are well known and are therefore predictable.

“The CCII and Ibadan Elders have already supported the reform to the 1959 Ibadan Chieftaincy declaration and nobody is ready to listen to them. The CCII is a social group and they should stick to that and stop speaking for all Ibadan sons and daughters who are stoutly in support of the preservation of Ibadan culture heritage and norms,” Oladoja added.

On the way forward, Oladoja said; “The Mogajis agreed that the cases in court should be allowed to go on. That the peace parley be composed of people with pedigree who have the fear of God at heart; most especially the adherents of the listed religious beliefs.”

The Mogajis also called on the Inspector General of Police to beef up security around the monarch, stressing that; “Nothing untoward must happen to Oba Adetunji because we have cause to express worry over the ongoing tussle in the land.”

 

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