There is an ongoing crisis in Alade Idanre kingdom in Ondo state over the succession of Olusegun Akinbola, the traditional ruler of the community who died on October 16.
Two days after the demise of the monarch, Temilowa Akinbola, his first daughter, was crowned the regent. But five days after her emergence, hoodlums invaded the palace and attacked her alongside her aged mother.
In a petition to the state commissioner of police, she narrated how she was assaulted and abducted from her father’s palace allegedly on the orders of Frederick Aroloye, paramount ruler of Idanre.
“Our client reliably informed us that sometime on Friday 23rd October 2020, some thugs numbering about 20 forcibly entered the palace of Aladeokun of Alade and caused havoc therein. The thugs who came in motorcycles (popularly known as okada) were armed with guns, cutlasses, logs of wood and other dangerous weapons. We were reliably informed that the thugs shot sporadically into the air, singing war songs and demanding for the whereabouts of our client, the Regent of Alade,” she said in the petition her lawyer signed on her behalf.
“It is part of our brief that the hoodlums maliciously damaged all vehicles packed within the premises of the palace. Windshield and glass windows of vehicles belonging to Olori Abiola Akinbola and her visitor and chiefs were smashed by the thugs.”
She said after gaining entry into the living areas and bedrooms in the palace, the attackers looted and carted away telephone handsets, assorted wines, food items, clothing materials, jewellery, laptops, ATM cards and money.
The regent said she was forcefully taken to the palace of Aroloye where she was assaulted in his presence.
“We were further informed that our client was severely beaten, assaulted and her dignity was abused. The suspects dragged Her Majesty out of the toilet where she hid and forced her on a motorcycle. Also assaulted and abused were all persons, inhabitants, family members and visitors who were at the palace of Aladeokun on that day. The suspects roughly abducted our client and took her and Olori Abiola to Owa of Idanre’s palace. At the palace, it became apparent that the thugs were carrying out the instructions given to them by Owa of Idanre,” the petition read.
“Owa of Idanre sat on the throne and watched as the suspects again beat up the regent and the Olori. It was at the palace that the Owa ordered that the Regent vacate the throne so that one High Chief Lisa of Alade be installed. Owa of Idanre also ordered that Alade regional market be opened contrary to custom and tradition of closing same upon the demise of Aladeokun of Alade.”
But in a statement from the media office of the Owa of Idanre, the monarch denied being responsible for the attack.
He said he invited the regent to a meeting to discuss the controversy surrounding her father’s burial.
However, Aroloye faulted Akinbola’s emergence, saying it is against the tradition of Idanre people to have a female regent after the transition of a king.
“The gathering at Owa’s palace on 23rd October 2020 was meant to resolve the issue of the purported intention of some people to come and perform parts of the burial rites of the departed traditional ruler of Alade Idanre inside the Alade Regional Market which was founded by Owa on 1861 and such thing was seen as an aberration, hence the need for the parley. And the gathering ended peacefully after exhaustive deliberations from both sides,” the statement read.
“The people were also educated that only at the transition of an Owa could the Alade Regional Market be closed or temporarily relocated and no other traditional ruler in Idanreland was given such entitlement.
“So Owa could not be a party to any scheme that will make things tough or hard for his immediate family or the people of Alade Idanre who he left behind.
“The issue of ‘regency’ at Alade Idanre was equally raised and Princess Temiloluwa Akinbola confessed that she didn’t know that it is against tradition to have a female regent… it is the “Lisa” who is next in rank to the Oba that takes the position of regent when an Oba transits.”