Angry Youths Set Monarch’s Palace Ablaze In Osun
Some angry youths reportedly stormed the palace of Aree of Iree in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun State yesterday and set it ablaze.
Reports obtained by Naija News on Friday said the youths were displeased about the arrest of the Aogun of Iree, Chief Soliu Atoyebi, by security agents on Thursday morning.
Expressing their grievance, the mob reportedly invaded the palace around 7.00 PM yesterday when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was said to be out of the palace.
They vandalized the palace before setting it ablaze, says the report. According to The PUNCH, the incident led to the blockage of major roads leading to the town, while the aggrieved youths made burn fires on the roads.
The chaotic event also forced business owners in the town to lock up their shops immediately while residents locked themselves up for safety measures.
Naija News reports that the Osun State Police Command is yet to respond to the said incident.
Recall that Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke, on Monday, hours 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.
The governor 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.
It was gathered that 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.