Ilupeju-Ekiti’ King, Oba Olaleye Oniyelu Chased Out Of Palace By Angry Youths

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June 22, 2013 – Angry Youths Chased Ilupeju-Ekiti Monarch, Oba Olaleye Oniyelu (Apeju Of Ekiti) Out Of Palace, Several Injured

No fewer than five persons were shot yesterday in a fracas that broke out as angry youths stormed the palace of Apeju of Ilupeju-Ekiti and chased out the monarch, Oba Olaleye Oniyelu, for allegedly installing an unpopular person as a traditional chief.

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Five houses were also razed by the irate youths, who pounced on the monarch for attempting to impose his own candidate as the Olugbosun (the third in hierarchy to the monarch and war chief) against popular wish of the people.

President of Ilupeju Ekiti Students Union, Mr. Tayo Fatile, was said to have also sustained serious injury during the fracas, as he was hit with the butt of a rifle during the scuffle.

The five persons shot, according to our sources, are now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital, while the monarch was said quickly rescued out of the palace by security guards to avoid being beaten and wounded.

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Saturday Sun gathered that the monarch was to have conferred Mr. Israel Ojo with the Olugbosun chieftaincy title about six days ago. Some chiefs, in company of other dissatisfied youths, converged on the palace yesterday to install Mr. Aseperi, who was said to be the popular choice of the people in the sleepy town, situated in Oye Local Government Area of the state.

Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police, Mr. Victor Babayemi, confirmed the arrest of 22 persons by his men in connection with the crisis in the town.

Narrating the incident to journalists in Ado Ekiti, an eyewitness said the monarch’s preferred candidate for the war chief title, Mr. Ojo, was allegedly going to the palace amid pomp and pageantry, in company of his family members, to receive the title, when some youths blocked and prevented him from entering the palace. This led to a serious battle between his group and the youths fought each other with dangerous weapons and charms.

A source in the community told correspondent that some youths, who were not comfortable with the decision of the monarch, had mobilised themselves and waylaid the Oba’s choice, leading to fracas.

Investigations also revealed that but for the timely intervention of the police, the palace of the monarch, which was vandalised, would have been set ablaze by the angry mob.

[Source: Saturday Sun]

11 thoughts on “Ilupeju-Ekiti’ King, Oba Olaleye Oniyelu Chased Out Of Palace By Angry Youths

  1. Oh my God.That’s just too disrespectful to do to a whole king old enough to b their father.I hope d state government do something soon about it.I want d son bade 2 relax & d rest of d family.I believe ALL WILL BE WELL.

  2. SAD AND SHAMEFUL, how royalty has being so devalued and commonized in the Yoruba – land….The days of glory and respect for the royal households in the Yoruba land is almost extinct.. it is an I-SAW… I mean, one can invite an OBA from a Yorubaland to any kind of party, and they would go…. you will see an oba dancing owambe ON THE DANCE FLOOR, drinking wine and eating, chewing his mouth in the full glare of the public, can even carry isheobi, sew agbada and wear it like others… it has being so commonized, that there are so many OBA’S with grades…..You also can have ten Oba’s in the same area, even street Oba IS AVAILABLE!!!!!, A COMMON TAXI DRIVER, WHO MAYBE RUNS INTO LOADS OF MONEY CAN BUY SO CALL ROYALTY… HOW CHEAP …I mean there was even one caught trafficking the famous white powder here in Europe,hiden and tied up with his charms around his waist , underneath his flamboyant agbada ….IT WAS AN EMBARASSMENT!!!!!!!! Only in yoruba land you will see an Oba attend a baby’s naming ceremony, you will see him shaking hands with everyone in the party, like HIP HOP…. YEAHHHHHH MEN!!!!! IF A ROYAL FATHER CARRY THE THRONE AND CROWN AS WELL DESERVED WITH RESPECT, GRACE DERMEANOUR AND DERCATEND, HOW DARE THE YOUTH CHASED A KING OUT OF HIS HOUSE

  3. what do you do to an Oba that has been beclouded by what to eat,bcos he is so corrupt and go ahead to install the person that is not the popular wish of the Majority of the people of the town.It is not even the Oba’s fault,because he himself was installed as king in a very controversial circumstance some three decades ago.I only hope he will see the voice of reason and desist from his shameful acts after the whole issue is settled.But I strongly believe that the wish of the people can not be truncated by a single autocratic Oba as Oniyelu. Eso oruta egiri oke a gbe a o

  4. As an Ekiti man,I don’t like the aproach of the youths by taking laws into their hands,Ekiti indegenes are known to be prudent and filled with enough wisdom in handling such issues. Petitions could be sent to the ministry of chieftancy affairs. Hence leaders in all our communities should learn not to impose on the majority. The politicians also need learning from these occurences as against the kind of politics ahead of 2015. The voice of the people is considered the voice of God. We need leaders and not cheaters in this God’s own country NIGERIA.
    The mornachs of those days are more faithful tha the so called cerimonious
    we have today.Who dare tried to rubish the powerful,honest kings of those days,those planing against them may never wake up to protest the next day.

  5. We respect APEJU alot but he should carry his people along and not imposing persons on our people.The wish of the community must be respected.Long live Plateau Town! ULu Uba mi tikatika ni thank God for restoring peace and Calmness

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