By David Olalekan.
A mild drama ensued on Friday at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11 in Osogbo, the Osun State capital following an altercation between the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and the Agbowu of Ogbaagba, Oba Dikrulahi Akinropo.
It was gathered that the AIG in charge of the Zone, Bashir Makama, had called for a peace meeting to resolve the land disputes between royal fathers from Iwo axis.
According to reports, the Oluwo had earlier warned the monarchs to desist from selling lands because “the lands in Iwoland belong to him”.
The alleged refusal of the monarchs to heed the warnings prompted the AIG to convene the peace meeting to avert possible breakdown of law and order.
The meeting, which had in attendance other monarchs, including some top police personnel and government functionaries was said to have been brought to an abrupt end when the Oluwo allegedly punched Oba Akinropo in the face, inflicting injury on him.
Speaking to newsmen at the State General Hospital in Asubiaro, Osogbo, where the assaulted monarch was receiving treatment, the Olu of Ile-ogbo, Oba Agbaje Habeeb Adetoyese, berated the Oluwo for his “bestial conduct”.
He called on the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola to suspend the Oluwo, whom he said “portends great danger to other kings” with immediate effect.
Oba Adetoyese said: “This is indeed a bestial conduct that is highly unbecoming of an ordinary individual, let alone a royal father. How could a monarch of Oluwo status descend so low to the level of physically assaulting another king in the presence of AIG; this is strange to say the least.
“He just stood up from where he was sitting without any provocation and started beating a revered monarch from Ogbaagba, it was the AIG himself that rescued the monarch from him.
“We are calling on Governor Oyetola to quickly suspend Oluwo with immediate effect, keeping him on that throne portends great danger to other kings and the state at large.”
Reacting, the Oluwo in a terse statement to journalists said, “there is no issue at all, I wonder why they are so sensational about the issue, we would take care of it, why are they inviting you guys over such an issue, I don’t think it is necessary.”