By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Amid a romance scam report, Kemta Traditional Council of Chiefs has suspended Chief Adetokunbo Tejuosho as Baale of Adegboyin village under Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.
It would be recalled that, Chief Tejuoso was arrested by the Ogun State Police Command last week for an alleged romance scam and multiple acts of forgery.
His arrest followed a petition written against him by one of his victims to the Police.
According to the Police, the yet-to-be-married traditional ruler allegedly specializes in defrauding his victims whom he lures through his social media pages, especially Facebook and Instagram with a promise of marriage.
A source, who did not want to be named, claimed the controversial village head particularly targets wealthy ladies through their online profiles and photographs.
The Kemta Traditional Council of Chiefs, in a communiqué issued after their emergency meeting at Ile Ogboni Kemta and signed by Chief Yomi Rotimi, Oluwo Kemta and Baaye Egba, Chief Oluwatosin Fadare, Seriki Egba and Lukotun Kemta and Chief Bola Taiwo Sakotun Kemta described the arrest and detention of the embattled Chief as “embarrassing to Egba royal stool.”
The Kemta Chiefs explained that, Chief Tejuoso was installed as Baale Adabonyin in Orile Kemta and was appointed as Olu of Orile-Kemta by the past administration in the state without the recommendation of Kemta Traditional Council of Chiefs and approval of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
They added: “And you will recall that, the present administration in the state upon assumption of office revisited the process through which the appointment of the 75 coronet Obas were reverted to their earlier positions as Baales.”
The chiefs, however, claimed that, Chief Tejuoso has continued to parade himself as an Oba without being checked by the government agencies and security officials.
The council, therefore, suspended him as Baale Adabonyin via a letter dated 28th April, 2021 over his alleged involvement in a romance scam and other fraudulent acts leveled against him by some people.
They enjoined the general public to disregard Chief Adetokunbo Tejuoso as either Baale Adabonyin village or Olu of Kemta which is still before the court of law.
“The council expressed dismay at the arrest and detention of Chief Tejuoso which is described as ‘very embarrassing’.
“Consequently, the council decided to make some clarification on the matter.
“Meanwhile, Kemta Traditional Council of Chiefs has suspended Mr Adetokunbo Tejuoso as Baale Adabonyin, Orile Kemta via a letter dated 28th April, 2021 over allegations of romance scam and other fraudulent acts leveled against him by some people with documented evidence, hence he, (Mr Tejuoso) has seized to be a Chief in Kemta Township;
“We, therefore, enjoin gentlemen of the media and the general public to henceforth stop regarding Mr. Adetokunbo Tejuoso as either Baale Adabonyin Village or Olu of Kemta which is still before the court of Law,” the Council said.