Osun chieftaincy tussle: Court remands traditional chief, 4 other suspects for assaulting village head

A Magistrate Court sitting in Iwo, Osun state has ordered the remand of a traditional chief in Iwo, Sooko Adedimeji Tadese and four other suspects in Ile-Ife prison custody for allegedly assaulting a village head (Baale)of Tootoo in Ola-Oluwa Local Government Area of the state, Ganiyu Akanfe.
Magistrate A. O Ojo gave the order on Thursday.
The four other suspects are Lukuman Lawal, Tajudeen Yususf, Oyelayo Jabaru and Kabiru Yaya.
Other five suspects alleged to have conspired with those ordered to be remanded but are at large include Aliu Kaska, Oji Oluwo, Woliu,
Nurudeen and Laide
Baale Akanfe had alleged that Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbdurRasheed Akanbi, assaulted him and attempted to kill him by sending his Chief, Sooko Tadese and some thugs to attack him during an installation ceremony.
He said that he escaped death by whiskers when the suspected thugs led by Oluwo’s chief invaded his house and tried to kill him on the alleged order of Oluwo.
According to the Baale, “I was installed as Baale (village head) of Tootoo by Onigege of Igege on Tuesday February 20, 2018 around 8.am. We were in celebration mood when we heard that Oluwo has installed another person, Lukman Agbo around 3.pm.
“The thugs came to my house around 7pm, dragged me outside and poured palm oil on my wife garment. I reported to the Area Commander who invited them to come on Wednesday.
“They didn’t come to the Area Command till I left on Wednesday. It was not long that I entered my house that they came again. I managed to escape through the bush to another town in some kilometers called
“I saw Inspector Yahya Gbadebo, Aliu Taska, Ambali Muraina Soliu, Lukman Agbo that was installed by Oluwo, Wuliyu Ishola, Yahya Kabiru, Tajudeen Yusuf, Nurudeen Kasali and Laide Lawal.
“I was about coming out of the bush when I received a phone call by the police area command. The police, who have noticed them pursuing me eventually rescued me.
“I could not go home since then. The Doctor said I should not walk with my leg for now. When I asked my daughter to go and bring my money at home, the N2million I saved from the proceed of my cashew could not be found.
Onigege of Igege, Oba Kazeem Adio, Orioye 11, in a chat in Igege said that Tootoo community has been under Igege
for a long period and only Onigege has the right to install village head in Tooto community.
He expressed surprise that Oluwo went to install another Village head the same day he exercised his right after following due process.
According to Onigege, “I wrote to the local government and they gave me order before I installed the Baale. Among the monarchs that
attended the event are, Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Olu of Soungbe, Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Olowu of Iremowu, Oloja of Agberire, Onitara of Esu,
Alayegun of Ayegunle, Oluwoye of Iwoye, Onisara of Isara-Edoro.
While the Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Patrick
Odoemelem, in his office in Iwo said that a case of assault was reported to his office and he has invited all the parties to report to his office on Monday for investigation with a promise that the police would not interfere in the Chieftaincy tussle but vowing that whoever is caught culpable in the criminal matter would face the law irrespective of the personality.
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Ekene Agbor

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