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Eight Vehicles Vandalised, Palace Destroyed as Hoodlums Lay Siege on Aagba Community  

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Tunde Oyekola

No fewer than eight vehicles were vandalized  on Wednesday while the palace of the Alaagba of Aagba was destroyed by hoodlums who unleashed violence in Aagba, a sleepy community in Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State.

It was gathered that some hoodlums attacked the palace of Oba Rufus Ogunwole, the monarch of the town while he was out of the town.

Western Post also gathered that all vehicles parked at the premises of the palace. Photographs of the monarch installations, documents relating to Aagba town, some beaded crowns and staff were carted away while houses of two  chiefs, Eesa and Inurin were also destroyed.

The crises according to sources was not unconnected with the chieftaincy matter in the town as the hoodlums attacked  Isale Ayo, where the palace of Alaagba of Aagba is located while the hoodlums mostly youths, wielding dangerous weapons laid siege on the palace and vandalised the buildings.

About eight vehicles, including one Toyota Venza and Toyota Camry were completely destroyed  while several beaded crowns and staff  of office of the monarch were also carted away.

A resident of the town, who preferred anonymity, said some youths operating with the name, ‘Odo Oru’, had been involved in a running battle with the traditional ruler  since January, 2009, shortly after Oba Ogunwole was installed.

According to him, members of ‘Odo Oru’, also attacked houses of some chiefs, which totally foreclosed the possibility of the attack being as a result of the last Presidential and National Assembly polls.

It was reliably gathered that house of Eesa of Aagba, Chief James Bamigbola was attacked and his car, a Mercedes Benz saloon car vandalised.

Eye witness account also said that some of the attackers  were youths from the town, whom, it was gathered must have been joined by some people outside the town.

Speaking to newsmen, Alaagba of Aagba, Oba Rufus Ogunwole, who was not in the premises when the attackers struck, dismissed insinuations that the attack was as a result of the outcome of the last Saturday’s poll.

He said: “These hoodlums always hide under politics whenever they want to commit atrocities. The attack was closely related to the issue of Alaagba Obaship tussle.

“All vehicles parked in my compound when they came were destroyed. Photographs of my installations, documents relating to Aagba town, some beaded crowns and staff were carted away. Houses of two of my chiefs, Eesa and Inurin were also attacked.”

On the security situation in the town, Oba Ogunwole said, soldiers and policemen have been deployed, adding that some arrests have also been made.

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