Two delegations from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, are currently in Benin Republic to observe the proceedings of the court case involving Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
This was confirmed by the aides of the traditional rulers to The PUNCH on the telephone.
“Yes, they have arrived,” Olubadan’s Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko told our correspondent.
GBETU had reported that Olubadan did not disclose the identity of the delegation sent to observe the court proceedings.
Olubadan had said the delegation was sent in order to allay the fears of several people, including protesters who besieged his palace.
He said, “Sunday Igboho lives in Ibadan, got married in Ibadan, rear children in Ibadan, built houses in Ibadan and as such he has the rights to be protected by Ibadan Traditional Institution within the ambit of the law just like any human being in Ibadan.”
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The first class monarch also allayed public fears of a “repeat performance of Yoruba-Fulani coalition of 1814”.
According to Oba Adetunji, students of Nigeria history may wish to be reminded that when some people during the period under reference chose to engage in territorial expansion to the sea, it took the Ibadan army under Balogun Oderinlo to repel the attack and stop the incursion near Osogbo.
Oba Ogunwusi had set up a 28-member committee made up of notable South-West personalities to look into the arrest of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, and other issues relating to the South-West.
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“Yes, we are here. We will give him feedback. Our purpose here is to get the true situation of things and report back,” a member of Ooni’s delegation added.