Traditionalists accuse battered Ogun monarch of stifling their activities

The traditionalists said the monarch had wronged them by his actions.

A mild drama occurred on Thursday at the venue of the on-going commission of enquiry investigating the attack on the traditional ruler of Ado-Odo Town of Ogun State, Lateef Akanni .

Some of his subjects, traditional worshipers, said their grouse against the monarch was his decision to prevent them from performing their traditional and religious rites.

The traditional worshipers known as Olorisa Parapo, represented by their woman leader, Akoye Osolo, known as Otun Olorisa Obirin, made the allegation while testifying before Justice Oluwatosin Osinuga led Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Ado- Odo crisis.

The group also accused one Adetokunbo Akinsowon of bringing mobile policemen and hoodlums to the town on February 19, 2009 to harass residents of the town.

“They came to the palace to drive away Oba Muniru Odejide who was installed traditionally by the people of Ado-Odo in their bid to enforce the Supreme Court judgment which was in favor of the present king, Oba Adeniran. They started beating some aged women of above 50 years who are custodian of tradition in palace,” the complainant said.

“They carried away all the traditional things of well over 100 years in palace and other valuable, though before their arrival, Oba Muniru Odejide had run away from the palace. The mobile policemen, Mr. Akinsowon and his hoodlums went from (one) shrine to the other destroying buildings,” Ms. Osolo told the panel.

The lead counsel to the traditional ruler, Afolabi Fashanu, during cross examination, asked the group if they were aware that since the assumption of the monarch, masquerades and Oro groups had celebrated their festivals, the traditional worshipers insisted that they had been prevented by the traditional ruler from performing their religious rites.

Meanwhile, the monarch’s driver, Olufunmi Olajide, who was allegedly attacked alongside his boss, told the panel during interrogation that the attackers meant to kill the royal father considering the manner he was brutalised.

He told the panel that two men, Jaiye Falana and Fatai Egi, masterminded the attack and that the attackers were armed with guns.

He claimed that Mr. Falana gripped the monarch on the neck with the intention of killing him.


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