SEQUEL to the mass arrest and detention of indigenes of Aagba community in Boripe Local Government Council Area of Osun State by the police for participating in a peaceful protest in the town recently, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro, has been urged to intervene in the crisis rocking the community over the next person to fill the vacant stool of the Alaagba.
Some of the indigenes of the ancient towns through their lawyers, Mr Wilson Atirene, said they have lost confidence in the Osun State Police Command, under the leadership of the Commissioner of Police, Mr John Moronike.
In a four-page petition written to Okiro, Atirene condemned the arrest and detention of some of the indigenes, who were detained for a week at the office of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and State Criminal Investigations Department, in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The petition stated:“We urge that the whole case of Aagba chieftaincy dispute be transferred to your office for investigation as our clients have lost faith in the Osun State Police Command.”
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the protesters were released last week Thursday after much pressure on the police.
It would be recalled that pandemonium broke out in the community on January 02, 2009, when some indigenes of the ancient town protested against the installation of Pa Elizer Ogunwole, the biological father of governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s Special Adviser on Legislative Matter, Mr Rufus Ogunwole, as Olori Olomooba of Aagbaland.
Ogunwole (Oyinlola’s SA) is aspiring to fill the throne of Alaagba of Aagba, following the demise of the late traditional ruler of the community, Oba Felix Abidoye, who joined his ancestors on October 13, 2008.
Crisis had engulfed the community late last year when Ogunwole installed his father as Olori Olomooba, when there is a “real” Olori Olomooba, Prince Joseph Olaoye, who is still existing and functioning.
The medium gathered that under the Chieftaincy Declaration of Alaagba, made by the Western Region of Nigeria in 1957, it is the duty of Olori Olomooba to produce a candidate from the family whose turn is to present a prince to fill the vacant stool of Alaagba.
OSUN DEFENDER reliably gathered that Ogunwole, knowing that Olaloye (the Olori Olomooba) was opposed to his candidature on the grounds that he was not from the next ruling house to fill the stool, “decided to alter history and installed his father” as the new Olori Olomooba of Aagba, a development that generated controversies.
It was also gathered that Ogunwole’s father presented him to the Aagba kingmakers as the next Alaagba despite the fact that he is not from the ruling house, whose turn is to present new Alaagba of Aagba.
Princes from some ruling houses in the community have also accused Oyinlola’s SA of forging some documents and signature of the late Alaagba, with which they said Ogunwole “fraudulently installed” his father.
The princes included: Ibrahim Akintunde, Raufu Adewale, Abass Oyedokun, Ademola Adewale and Fatai Akintunde.
It was gathered that panic has enveloped residents of the ancient town as mobile policemen have been deployed to the community to forestall further crisis.