Oba Kazeem Adio Orioye, the Onigege of Igegeland, has alleged that Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the Oluwo of Iwo, had once brought thugs to intimidate his fellow monarchs at a meeting aimed at resolving the imbroglio regarding the sale of lands around Iwo in Osun State.
Oba Orioye made the claim in an interview while speaking on the controversies surrounding the recent meeting between the monarchs, particularly the alleged assault by the Oba Akanbi on Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, last week.
According to the Onigege of Igegeland, the monarchs had gathered at the Iwo Local Government Secretariat in Osun State for a meeting on that particular day and were waiting for the meeting to commence when Oba Akanbi purportedly brought thugs to disrupt the meeting.
He said the presence of police officers did not deter the thugs from allegedly causing chaos, adding that the meeting had to be abandoned.
“We told the AIG that we would not meet at Oluwo’s palace anymore because the security situation in the area didn’t favour us. He agreed that we should have another meeting inside Iwo Local Government Secretariat.
“We were already waiting at the venue when we heard a noise heralding Oluwo’s arrival. He came to the venue with thugs. At a stage, the police and other people present made effort to stop the thugs from entering the venue but they couldn’t handle the situation.
“We left the venue because our lives were in danger. Even the AIG had to leave the venue. Some thugs that mistook the car of the Chairman of Iwo Local Government Area (Kamoru Raji) for mine, broke the (side) mirror. They thought it was my car because I have the same brand of car that has the same colour,” Oba Orioye told the Punch.
On the recent alleged confrontation between the Oluwo of Iwo and other monarchs, Oba Orioye insisted that Oba Akanbi spontaneously attacked Oba Akinropo during the meeting in front of Bashir Makama, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone XI, Osogbo.
The Onigege of Igegeland explained that Adeleke Yekini Adedayo, the Osun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, had already laid down the formalities for discussion on the issue and that the AIG was speaking when Oba Akanbi allegedly punched Oba Akinropo.
“On that day, the AIG asked us to introduce ourselves. We all identified ourselves. It was the AIG that first addressed us. He also told the Chairman of Iwo Local Government Area to speak. Then the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs also addressed us. While speaking, the commissioner said he would not apportion blame.
“He gave Oluwo two options as regards the land issue. The commissioner said if Oluwo had anything to prove the ownership of the land in other communities near Iwo, he should go to court and prove it. He also said since he represented the governor, he would have to go back to his principal and brief him. He said the governor would later invite us to have a discussion to settle the issue amicably.
“Then the AIG thanked the commissioner because he was the one that didn’t allow us to waste too much time on the issue by providing necessary guide. The commissioner said the governor would be told to expedite arrangement and meet with us. The AIG also said after our meeting with the governor, our resolution should be communicated to him.
“But while the AIG was still speaking, Oluwo stood up and started saying we were the ones selling lands. The Chairman of Iwo Local Government Area (Raji) sat between Oluwo and Agbowu. Oluwo suddenly left his seat, went to where Agbowu sat and started punching him. The effect of the punches was heavy on Agbowu and he put his head on the table in front of him. Still, Oluwo didn’t stop punching him. It was the AIG and the Officer-in-Charge (Legal) that rescued him,” he said.
Oba Orioye said Oba Akinropo slumped as a result of the purported punch and was rushed to the hospital.
The Onigege of Igegeland dismissed the Oluwo’s claim that he acted out of self-defence, adding that contrary to the embattled monarch’s allegation, Oba Akinropo described the Iwo ruler as a “mad man”.
He said the Oluwo is to be blamed for the crisis as he “is trying to cause friction between us and our people” and called on the Osun State government to take action and prevent other traditional rulers from being intimidated.