The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday summoned an emergency meeting of the state security council over Monday’s shooting at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, during the installation of Baales.
The governor has also called all the traditional chiefs in the 11 local government areas of Ibadan for an emergency meeting in his office on Wednesday (today)
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, said that the meetings were called to forestall security breach in the state
The statement read, “To forestall further security breach across Oyo State, the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has summoned an emergency meeting of the state security council, which has been scheduled for the Governor’s Office.
“The meeting is coming on the heels of recent events and developments in the state, especially the reported unwarranted shooting by some gunmen during a ceremony at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji.
“The governor has also summoned a separate meeting of the traditional councils of the 11 local governments of Ibadan land, which are being headed by the members of the Obas-in-Council, who were formerly addressed as Olubadan-in-Council until their recent promotion. They are expected to meet with the governor at his office, on Wednesday (today).
“Expected at the meeting are the General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan; Commissioner of Police at the state command; Director of Department of State Services; State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and heads of other security agencies in the state.
“Government notes the unacceptable development and warns that the pre-2011 era of brigandage and violence perpetrated by undesirable elements shall not be tolerated. Government assures all and sundry that such perpetrators who may be exploiting the opportunity of the developments on the Ibadan chieftaincy issue to repeat the mayhem experienced prior to the tenure of this administration, and who seem to be warming up to their traits, shall be fished out and made to face the law.”
Also on Tuesday, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11, Mr. Oshodi Glover, visited the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Adetunji, in his palace at Popoyemoja area of Ibadan.
The AIG, who visited the palace with the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said investigation had begun into the attack on the palace and that those who were involved would be arrested and prosecuted.
He said, “Kabiyesi, it was immediately I heard of what happened here yesterday (Monday) that I decided to come and visit you. I promise you that we are going to pursue the hoodlums and we will make sure they are arrested and brought to book.”
The Olubadan, who responded through his Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko, said it was important to leave good legacy, stressing that God was kind to the city on Monday because the gunmen would have killed people in and around the palace when they struck.
“Whoever does not do it well does not do it well for himself; the position we occupy today had been occupied before by others. We are here today, and it is a fact that we don’t know who will be there tomorrow. The fact that we don’t know who would be there tomorrow should teach everyone a lesson that we should be doing good always.
“We should all strive to do good; I never dreamt of what happened here on Monday. It was God who protected us and ensured nobody died. I thank God for that. I thank you because I don’t have anyone I need to fight among you. What I know is that God is going to reward everyone according to his deeds.
“We are committed to working with the police for the protection of all. What happened yesterday (Monday) was very shocking to say the least. The right to install any Baale or Mogaji is within the power of the Olubadan. The only contract figure in the chieftaincy declaration is the Olubadan and nobody else has the power to check it except the court.
“The Olubadan-in-Council is an advisory body. It is not a legal body and not a legal entity. The only body that can direct the Olubadan with respect to installation is the government. We promise to provide you with anything that you may need concerning the investigation,” added the monarch.