• May face govt panel next week
By MOSHOOD ADEBAYO, Abeokuta
Indications emerged yesterday that the two suspended traditional rulers in Ogun State, Oba Fatai Akamo, the Olu of Itori and his counterpart, Oba Adisa Akinremi, the village head of Lapeleke, may next week face a panel of enquiry for engaging in public fight.
Saturday Sun investigations revealed that this will be a prelude to the dethronement of the Obas, whose conducts have been described as shameful by the state government. Oba Akamo allegedly slapped Oba Akinremi over a disagreement on traditional matters, at Divisional Office of Nigeria Police Station in Itori, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
The latest development coincided with a protest by indigenes of Onigbedu village yesterday, who stormed the governor’s office, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, calling for the removal of Oba Akamo. During the protest, the angry villagers displayed placards calling the Olu of Itori names.
The village head of Onigbedu, Oba Sikiru Jinadu, blamed Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo for the crisis. The protesters, who presented a protest letter to the state governor accused the embattled Oba of sitting on the salaries of some lesser Obas in the area.
The protest letter reads in part: “That chieftaincy fraud was perpetuated in the year 2010 by some traditional rulers specifically in appointing Chief Matthew Ajibulu, an Imeko indigene, as Olu of Onigbedu without any iota of consultation and inputs of the various ruling houses in Onigbedu.
“That more importantly, there is an existing Oba Yinusa Akinwande appointed by His Royal Majesty, Oba Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu kingdom in the year 2006 and the said appointment was supported by all ruling houses in Onigbedu town.”