Angry protesters chase Ondo traditional ruler over polytechnic location

Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko

The protesters accused the traditional ruler of impropriety.

Hundreds of people protested at Ile-Oluji, headquarters of Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Monday over alleged move to relocate a proposed Federal Polytechnic in the community to the neighbouring Idanre Town.

The protesters, made up youth, Okada riders, and the elderly reportedly chased away the traditional ruler of the town, Stephen Adedugbe, out of his palace.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the protest began as early as 9 a.m. at the main roundabout in the community and later moved to the place of the monarch where he was reportedly chased out of the place. He was said to have been led to the house of one of his senior chiefs in the community, Oyebade Adeoba.

Other allegations levelled against the monarch are diversion of money meant for the

development of the community to his personal use, and hijacking of government projects for the town.

Bu in his reaction, the embattled monarch who spoke through Mr. Adeoba, the Odofin of the community, described all the allegations leveled against him as false, unfounded and sheer blackmail.

He said the youth had earlier come to his palace and asked him questions about the proposed Federal Polytechnic. They reportedly asked him if it has been shifted to the other community, which he said he was not aware.

The monarch urged the youths to embrace peace in the interest of the development of the community. He also debunked the allegation that he was hijacking government projects in the community.

The protesters barricaded all roads leading to the town and chanted various songs with placards carrying inscriptions such as “ Bring back our school,” “Bad leaders, where is our Federal Poly

in Ile-Oluji.”

The Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force, Ondo Area Command, Hamzat Ameyi, was seen at the scene of the protest even as security has been increased in the town.


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