Osun Monarch’s Palace Set On Fire By Irate Youths

by Echezona obinna

Indignant youths in the town vandalised and set fire to the Palace of Aree of Iree on Thursday evening in Osun State’s Boripe North Local Council Development Area.

According to reports, young people who were upset about Chief Soliu Atoyebi, the Aogun of Iree, being detained by security personnel on Thursday morning, set fire to the palace.

Around 7:00 p.m., when the traditional monarch, Oba Ponle Ademola, was rumoured to be leaving the palace, it was stormed and set on fire.

The incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.
Business owners in the town were said to have immediately locked up their shops, while residents too locked up themselves for safety measures.

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The Osun Police Spokesperson, SP Yemisi Opalola, was not available for comments, as her phone was switched off.
NAN recalled that Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun, had on Monday, a day after his inauguration, issued an Executive Order, setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers, Aare of Iree; Akirun of Ikirun and Owa of Igbajo.

Adeleke also directed that the palaces of the three traditional rulers should be locked up, while security agents should take charge of the palaces to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

There had been palpable fear in Iree Town following the appointment and approval of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the immediate past administration of Gboyega Oyetola.

Some ruling houses and groups in the town had rejected the selection of Ademola, alleging that he was imposed on the people by officials in the Oyetola’s administration.



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