Kidnappings, butcheries: We are missing late Soun – traditional ruler, begs Makinde on new Oba    

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Kidnappings, butcheries: We are missing late Soun – traditional ruler, begs Makinde on appt of new Oba

Bayo ADELEKE

The demise of Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III (Soun of Ogbomosoland) has been given as the reason the wave of kidnappings persisted in Ogbomoso zone.

Alabaa of Abaa

Within a period of three weeks three abductions were recorded in parts of Surulere local government, which falls under Ogbomoso zone, the first one, involving a supervisor, Christopher Bakare, at the TDB Farms in Jabata, belonging to ex-governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, who passed on on January 12 this year; the second one occurred few days after the release of the first victim sequel to the alleged payment of N5m ransom, in which a private hospital owner, Abdulrasheed Oladoye, was the victim, he was kidnapped in his clinic in Gbede and got released after the criminals allegedly collected N3m; then, few days after the release of Oladoye, Abaa, on Ogbomoso-Ilorin road, felt the heat as an hotelier, Olugbenga Owolabi and a worker in the hotel – Tana Suites – Rachael Opadele, a LAUTECH final year student, were abducted from the hotel. But the last victims were not as lucky as they were slain despite the family paying a ransom of N5m. also, slain was the Okada operator, Idowu Ajagbe, who conveyed the ransom bearer to the kidnappers’ hideout. The ransom bearer miraculously escaped the fury of the gunmen.

The dastardly incidents were the catalyst for a peaceful protest in Ogbomoso last Monday during which the inhabitants called on government to take drastic steps to curb the menace just as people made known their stand that they won’t fold their arms while criminals stomp their land. In the meantime security agents have been deployed to beef up security with arrests already being made.

However, a traditional ruler in the community, Oba (Dr) John Ayanpoju, Alabaa of Abaa, where the last incident occurred, rued the transition of the late Soun Oba Ajagungbade III positing that if the monarch, who reigned for 48 years, were alive such devilish acts would not have persisted.

He submitted that he knew certain traditional rites would have been made aside intercessory prayers by Islamic and Christian clerics to ward off the calamity.

Oba Ayanpoju therefore appealed to the Olaoye ruling house, whose turn it is to produce the next Soun, to resolve their differences and the Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, to expedite action on the granting of approval to a new Soun of Ogbomoso, so that there would be a rallying a point to mobilize against the menacing encroachment of evil.

He made his opinions known while reacting to a question on the issue if insecurity bedeviling the country during an interview with ogbomosoinsightonline.com on Friday, at his palace in Abaa.

The monarch had retorted, “I also beg because they say that agba o si ni ilu, ilu baje, baale ile ku ile dahoro (In the absence of an elder, the community suffers deterioration, the family head dies, the compound becomes desolate). Government should help us find solution to the stalemate regarding Laoye family, for them to soften their stance so that we can have a new Oba. The crisis we are witnessing in Ogbomoso is traceable to lack of Oba.

Late Soun

“When Soun was alive we didn’t witness such a thing. Anything requiring sacrifices, His Majesty would have ordered it be performed; what concerns the alfas it would have been taken care of; what should be handled by Christians it would have been seen to, that I knew of.

“I knew the days the alfas did come to offer prayers in the palace; I knew when Christians did come; I knew when traditionalists did offer sacrifices. Various vital sacrifices that Ogbomoso ought to be doing, since the demise of Oba Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, they have been left undone.

“The Oyo state government should assist us, it should grant approval for the installation of a new king. I pray Nigeria will not be destroyed, Oyo state will not suffer calamity, Ogbomoso and its environs will not suffer evil and may Abaa be consoled, may Abaa be freed.”

 

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