BARELY one month after palace raid that stripped the palace of Olokuku of Okuku, Oba Oyebode Oluronke the home-town of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola naked of its paraphernalia by some unknown gunmen, the Osun State Police Commands has on Wednesday paraded five suspects allegedly believed to have carried out the unholy act.
It would be recalled that unknown gunmen recently ransacked the palace, subjected the monarch to torture and carted away crowns, staff of office, traditional horse tail, beads and the first ancestral regalia and others including cars and valuables, a situation that had been traced to the cold war that had been raging among the royal houses allegedly orchestrated by Oyinlola’s family.
An information has it then that Oyinlola’s family had started lobbying the six powerful kingmakers (Iwefa mefa) in Okuku, the headquarters of Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area, to cooperate with their plot to ensure the carving out of a separate Oyinlola’s ruling house with a view to facilitating Governor Oyinlola’s plan to mount the throne if eventually defeated by the Action Congress (AC) Governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola at the Appeal Court.
However, the paraded suspects comprising two Senegalese and three Nigerians have claimed that they were sculptors and painters making crowns for sale, arguing that they knew nothing about what they were accused of.
The three Nigerians – Solomon Adebayo, Ganiyu Adeyemi, Kola Adeola and the two Senegalese – Tanko Adrian and Musa Coulibaly claimed that they were framed-up in the act.
While insisting that no ancient beaded crown was found in their custody, the suspects maintained that they only made traditional crowns and shoes for commercial purpose, during their parade by the police.
But the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr. Joshua Olayemi who spoke to journalists stated that the arrest was informed by a tip-off.
Olayemi said that one of the suspects, Adeyemi is an indigene of Okuku with filial relationship with Olokuku.
He said: “Adeyemi show up after his wife was arrested in Osogbo. He led us to Ibadan where we arrested three of the suspects’’
Meanwhile it was gathered that security officers have invited the monarch to come and check if any of the materials retrieved from the suspects belongs to him.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED