Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

By Ogbolu George

Hoodlums numbering about 15, on Monday June 12, attacked and destroyed a shop owned by Olori Feyintola Adeyeba, wife of Oba Sikiru Adeyeba Adeniji (Olojudo of Ile-Ido), at Oja tuntun market, Ile-ife.

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Oba Sikiru Adeyeba, last week, accused the Ooni of Ife of forging the signatures of Prof G. O. Olawoyin (SAN) and that of his predecessor, late Oba Okunade Sijuwade, in a land transaction and used the forged documents to corruptly enrich himself to the tune about N400 million.

He said the case was reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), but the anti-graft agency whittled down the case due to the intervention of Adeyeye’s backers.

”A man with a moral and legal burden like Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi must not be allowed to be in the comity of traditional rulers in Osun State or chair them and that of other prominent Yoruba fathers in Nigeria irrespective of the pressure from his backers and ‘powers that be,’” Oba Adeyeba noted in an advertorial published in Guardian on Friday.

Oba Adeyeba presenting the Aare Crown to Oba Ogunwusi Adeyeye

Speaking with Concise News on Wednesday, a source from Ile ife who simply identified himself as Elusanmi alleged that the hoodlums were led by Emese (identified as Segun) alongside 15 others from Oba Ogunwusi’s palace to invade Olori Adeyeba’s shop.

According to the Elusanmi, the thugs stormed the market at around 12pm on Monday and started destroying properties in sight.

One of the traders who identified herself as Adeoye described the incident as very disturbing and painful.

See photos of the alleged attack below:

Inquiries about the incident from Oba Sikiru Adeyeba has not been responded to as at the time of filing this report.

Update: A source from Oba Adeyeba’s palace confirmed the incident to Concise News via a phone call. He said it is true that hoodlums from Ooni’s palace destroyed Olori Adeyaba’s shop on Monday. He, however, said he could not ascertain if the attack was connected to Oba Adeyaba’s criticisms of the Ooni of Ife in an advertorial published in Guardian newspaper.

A complaint has been lodged with the Area Commander and the case is under investigations, according to the source.