By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan –
There was pandemonium in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, yesterday, when suspected assassins who were heavily armed stormed the palace of Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba SaliuAdetunji shooting sporadically to disrupt the installation of new family heads (Mogaji) by the monarch to quell controversy trailing installation of 21 monarchs in one day by the governor, Senator AbiolaAjimobi.
It was learnt that the installation of the family heads which was slated for the monarch’s palace, Popoyemoja area, was however disrupted by the shooting.
The former secretary to the state government and the Asiwaju Balogun Olubadan, Chief SharafadeenAlli was said to have escaped death by the whiskers.
His Toyota Land Cruiser SUV was shot at several times by the suspected assassins.
Also, three journalists, Demi Atoyebi (Punch), Jeremiah One (Daily Trust) and Demola Babalola who were at the scene of the incident were also said to have escaped death by the whiskers.
The suspects were said to have invaded the monarchs’ palace during an official event being hosted by the monarch.
In a swift reaction, a member of the media group, YanjuAdegbite said the suspects were just passing through the area.
According to him, they did not disrupt the installation of the new family heads by the Olubadan.
Although the identity of the gunmen has not been known, it was gathered that the gunmen who were in a black Toyota sienna car attacked the palace at about 11.45am.
They had gone to the palace to prevent the installation by the Olubadan.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State governor, Senator AbiolaAjimobi, has condemned the attack on the palace, describing it as an act of brigandage.
The governor’s special adviser on Communication and Strategy, YomiLayinka in a statement said the attack during a ceremony at the palace of the Olubadan, should be condemned in its entirety and has directed security agencies to ensure that the masterminds are swiftly arrested, interrogated and brought to justice.
The governor has vowed not to spare anyone or group of people desirous of bringing back the regime of violence and brigandage to the state.
He reiterated his commitment to the security and protection of lives and properties of all citizens of Oyo State, which he has laboured hard to restore and maintain in the last six years.
It was learnt that the attack did not prevent the installation of the new Baales by the Olubadan.
Those installed are Chief SaheedAdeyemiAlatise who was installed as BaaleLageluAboke Village and Chief TayeMakindeAikomo who emerged as Baale Adigun Village.
Present at the event are former governor of the state and the OsiOlubadan of Ibadanland, Senator RasidiAdewoluLadoja; Senator OlufemiLanlehin and Iyalode of Ibadanland, Chief AminatAbiodun.