Gunmen Invade Olubadan Palace

Saliu A. O Adetunji The Olubadan of Ibadan

The trouble over the coronation of 21 kings by Governor Abimbola Ajimobi and the Oludabdan, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, took a risky turn Monday afternoon as suspected gunmen fired at the palace during the coronation of Baales (local chiefs) by the paramount ruler of Ibadan. They reportedly cane from Idi-Arere axis and headed towards Oke-Ado.

But as the Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number Lagos EPE 447ER that conveyed the former Oyo SSG to the palace was about to enter into the palace, the unknown gunmen stormed the palace in a black Toyota Sienna bus, and shot severally into the palace.

Sympathizer at Olubadan Palace after the hoodlums attack Olubadan Palace. But they were already seated in the palace.

Punch reports that its journalist covering the event and several others from media houses across the country, including a chieftain of Labour Party who was a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Sharafadeen Alli, were among the people who narrowly escaped death while the shooting lasted. According to Yusuff, Alli escaped death because he did not sit at the owner's corner, saying he chose to sit beside the driver on the front seat.

It was gathered that the gunmen arrived at the palace around noon in a black auto and shot at the palace, damaging cars parked in front of the palace.

Asiwaju Babatunde Yusuff, and Adedokun Ayobami, who were with Alli in the vehicle at the time of the attack said the vehicle was already less than 15 metres to the gate of the palace.

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