By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
Members of a ruling house in Ifon-Orolu, the headquarters of Orolu Local Government Area of Osun State, the Olumoyero royal family, have faulted the claims by some “disgruntled elements” that the incumbent traditional ruler in the town, Oba Moruf Adekunle Magbagbeola was not qualified to ascend the throne from Olumoyero ruling house.
A Prince, who doubles as Baba Kekere of Ifon-Orolu, Chief Oladepo Akintola described the said claim as barbarous, primitive and laughable, warning those behind the propaganda to desist or face the wrath of law.
It would be recalled that some people claiming to be members of Olumoyero royal family had on Saturday took to the street to express their grievances on what they described as illegal ascendancy of the throne by Oba Moruf Adekunle Magbagbeola.
They called on the monarch to vacate the seat without delay, adding that he was not qualified to ascend the throne in the name of Olumoyero ruling house in the first place.
In a swift reaction therefore, Chief Akintola, who went down the memory lane said none of the “self acclaimed princes” was a true member of Olumoyero family as they have not in anyway contributed to the development of the family let alone the entire community.
He further explained that , immediately after the announcement of Oba Magbagbeola , the aggrieved princes proceeded to court to seek justice but failed because they did not have genuine case against the emergence of the monarch.
The Baba Kekere of Ifon-Orolu said ever since final judgement was given by the appellate court, which affirmed the emergence of Oba Magbagbeola as the Olufon, these set of people have been threatened to unseat the monarch , describing their action as efforts in futility.
Echoing a similar view, the Eesa of Ifon-Orolu, Alhaji Gasali Durodola who frown at the action of the protesting princes said he would not hesitate to take disciplinary measure against them.
He further explained that , none of the kingmakers knows them, saying they were not real sons of Ifon-Orolu as majority of them could not prove their originality and they could not be traced to the royal family that they are claiming.
Meanwhile, the Olumoyero Ruling House, has written the police of plot by some “disgruntled elements” to cause mayhem in the community over chieftaincy tussle.
In a letter by the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Al-Maroof Adekunle Magbagbeola, Mogaji Karimu Ojolowo Magbagbeola, Prince Mufutau Mqgbagbeola, Prince Tajudeen Akintola and Prince Musibau Akintola dated 2nd of April, 2019, the Olumoyero family said the information at its disposal shows that the people had perfected the plan to cause confusion and make the community ungovernable for the Olufon of Ifon-Orolu, Oba Al-Maroof Adekunle Magbagbeola.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Osun State Police Commissioner, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, and the state Department of State Security were copied in the letter titled “Petition on Allegation of Disruption of Public Peace.”
The royal family identified that Alhaji Moroof Oladimeji Akintola, Prince Mufutau Adebayo, Prince Saheed Adebayo, Prince Kareem Adebayo, Prince Saheed Abass and Princess Kudirat Adebayo as brains behind plot to orchestrate crisis in the “peaceful” community.
The letter reads in part : “These disgruntled elements, who have misinterpreted the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Olufon tussle, are planning to recruit and mobilize members of the public to attack the palace. Part of their past plot that failed include circulating wrong and libelous information that the incumbent Olufon is not a bonafide member of the Olumoyero royal family.
“Their ill intention is aimed at causing chaos and disaffection between our royal father and his subjects. They have even gone farther by threatening lives of key members of the Olumoyero family, especially those that are close to the palace.”
Appealing to the police authorities to caution those planning to wreck havoc in the community, the family demands thorough investigation of issues they raised in the letter and eventual prosecution of “whoever found to be connected to plotting mayhem in Ifon” at the law court.
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