My attackers attempted to rape my wife, Ogun traditional ruler tells panel

The traditional ruler said valuable items were stolen from him.

The traditional ruler of Ado-Odo Town of Ogun State, Abdulateef Adeniran, who was attacked by residents of the town, told a Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Monday that the hoodlums who attacked him on April 15 attempted to rape his wife.

He said this while appearing before the commission set up by the government; adding that his crown and other valuable items were stolen.

Giving graphic details of how he was attacked, Mr. Adeniran said the N1.5 million kept in his palace at the time of the incident was stolen while he was beaten with charms. The monarch said he would have been dead if not for the grace of God.

“These hoodlums after beating me, stripped me naked and proceeded to the palace where all the cars parked in the compound were set ablaze,” he said.

“My family was physically attacked, in fact my first wife, Alhaja Fausat Adebisi Akanni, was assaulted, stripped naked and they even attempted to rape her and was only saved by the arrival of the contingent of Nigeria Army sent to douse the tension”.

He said he was travelling along with his driver, Olufunmi Jide, to Ilaro to see the Olu of Ilaro, Kehinde Olugbenle, when the hoodlums, led by one Jaye Falana, attacked him.

The traditional ruler disclosed that Ganiyu Lawal who attempted to rescue him was attacked with a machete and clubbed till he lost consciousness.

When asked by the state’s lead counsel, Yemi Omotola, if he knows what led to the crisis that engulfed the town on April 14 and 15, he told the commission that the Supreme Court judgment ruled in his favour during the tussle for his stool did not go down well with his opponent in the contest, Muniru Odejide, and his supporters.

While accusing his opponent of fanning the ember of discord in the town, the monarch said Mr. Odejide had on June 28, 2003, installed himself as traditional ruler of Ado Odo whilst the decision of the Court of Appeal was still pending.

The Chairman of the Commission, Oluwatosin Osinuga, adjourned sitting till Tuesday, adding that the video footage that captured the graphic attack on the monarch as submitted before the commission would be played and viewed in court.

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