The new traditional ruler of Ido-ani, a community in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo, Oba James Olutoye, a retired Major -General, has since been inaugurated. But it seems trouble is not yet over in the ancient city in respect of the throne, as a recent incident in the town seems to suggest, reports TEMITOPE ADEDEJI
The crisis rocking the Alaani of Idoani throne in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State took another dimension on Thursday when some thugs invaded the old palace and beat up the Oloris (the king’s wives). The Oloris sustained various injuries in the process.
Fracas had started on Saturday, February 28,2015 when the remains of the Chairman of Idoani Kingmakers , late Chief S.O.A Oniye, were being buried and a thanksgiving service was being organised in his honour by his children at Holy Trinity Church, Ido-ani.
Rev. Gbenga Oniye, son of the deceased, had invited his childhood friend, Prince Jackson Agunloye Falade,who had contested Alaani’s stool with the present Oba James Olutoye. Falade was molested and beaten to coma at the event.
How trouble started…
Trouble started when on sighting Falade, one Ibrahim Agbede had brought out the staff of office of the Oba, brandishing it before Falade. All entreaties by the latter for the former to stop went unheeded. The episode soon degenerated into a commotion, which led to arrest of the Prince by the police, though he was later released. Some princes and princesses were attacked by thugs in the process. One of the princesses, Folasade Falade, said she was beaten with sticks resulting in blood stains all over her body.
Another princess, Adekemi Aladekoba, popularly called”Damsel” was also assaulted and stabbed with a knife on the arm on her way from the church. The palace which houses past obas in the town was also vandalised and its gate destroyed. The wounded Oloris were rushed to a private hospital in the town. Prince Agunloye Falade had contested the throne with the present king,Oba Olutoye, a retired army general .
No Arrest Yet
No arrest has been made by the police even by the weekend. When WESTERN POST contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Wole Ogodo, on his mobile line over the issue, he said he was yet to be briefed on the matter. However, the chiefs in the town met and fingered Prince Agunloye as the brain behind the mayhem. All efforts by WP to reach the embattled prince proved abortive. Meanwhile, the high chiefs of the town have written a petition to the police on the matter.