Gov. Ajimobi speaks on gunmen invasion of Olubadan Palace

Gov. Ajimobi speaks on gunmen invasion of Olubadan Palace

Monday, September 25, 2017 7:31 pm


Car belonging to Sharafadeen Alli with bullet hole

Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan

Oyo State Government has reacted to the pandemonium that broke out today at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during the installation of four Baales.

According to some eye witnesses, some unidentified hoodlums stormed the palace to disrupt the installation of the new Baales by opening fire on the palace, shooting sporadically.

Among those who cheated death during the crisis was Oloye Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, who is the Asaju Balogun Olubadan, and former Secretary to the State Governor during Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s regime. His car was, however, destroyed. It was further stated that Senator Rashidi Ladoja was at the palace when the incident occurred.

However, the coronation still held.

Reacting, Governor Abiola Ajimobi said that his attention has been drawn to the alleged act of brigandage during a ceremony at the palace of the Olubadan, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji, today.

The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to the Governor, Yomi Layinka condemned the act in its entirety and has directed security agencies to ensure that the masterminds are swiftly arrested, interrogated and brought to justice.

The governor has vowed not to brook anyone or group of people desirous of bringing back the regime of violence and brigandage to the state.

He wishes to reiterate his commitment to the security and protection of lives and properties of all citizens of Oyo State, which he has laboured hard to restore and maintain in the last six years.

Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Sharafadeen Alli during the fracas

It will be recalled that the Olubadan has been having a running battle with the state governor over the review of the traditional institution which has resulted in the crowning of new obas in the ancient city.

As a result, Olubadan has sued Governor Ajimobi over crowning new obas in the city claiming that the governor and the government lack the constitutional power to install new obas in the city.

In the suit before the state high court and dated September 19, Oba Adetunji alleged that the governor has violated the Chiefs Laws Cap 28 stressing that Governor Ajimobi lacks the power and authority to confer anybody the right to wear a beaded crown.

Among other 23 joined in the suit were: the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.

Olubadan is asking the court to set aside the Gazette 14 and 15 of Volume 42 of August 23 and 24, 2017, made by the governor and which conferred the right to wear crown and coronet on the elevated high chiefs and baales.

Also, last week, Olubadan alleged that the state government has stopped paying his salary.

The allegation has, however, been refuted by the All Progressive Congress, Oyo State Chapter.

The party in a statement by its Director of Media, Research and Strategy, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olatunde, stated that the salary of Oba Adetunji has been paid up to date contrary to his claim. Olatunde said the APC is alarmed to discover that the allowances meant for the Olubadan and other members of the Local Government Traditional Council and the Oyo State Council of Traditional Rulers have been paid up to date by the 11 local governments on one hand and the state government on the other in line with the payment status of everyone on the payroll of both tiers of government.

He noted that the Olubadan’s allowance is not treated in isolation but alongside that of other traditional rulers in the state as well as everyone on the payroll.

He stressed that when salaries are delayed, it is not only the Olubadan that is affected, decrying the malicious attempt to portray the Oyo State Government as singling out the monarch for victimisation.

For more, read Panic as gunmen storm Olubadan palace

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