22 February 2013

Nigeria: Youths Chase Oba Out of Palace in Ekiti

Ado Ekiti — Aggrieved youths in Emure Ekiti, yesterday, chased the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Emmanuel Adebowale Adebayo, out of his palace over alleged strange and unprecedented deaths in the community in recent time.

Vanguard gathered that the youths who stormed the palace of the first class traditional ruler, yesterday morning, had sought audience with the monarch to proffer solution over the strange deaths of about 12 youths in the last two weeks.

It was further gathered that after the youths had waited for sometime and when it was apparent that no positive response was coming from the one-time police commissioner, they were said to have lost their temper.

The aggrieved youths were said to have pelted the monarch with satchet waters, and made bonfire along the roads linking the palace.

The few chiefs who were in attendance during the encounter were said to have removed their beads and run out of the palace.

The restless youths later marched through the major streets in the town and terminated at the main market, a development that disrupted the socio-economic life of the community throughout the period of the protest.

Commenting on the development, chairman of Emure Local Government Area, Mr Adewale Febisola,who confirmed the incident, appealed to the aggrieved youths to give peace a chance.

Febisola who was sworn in as the council boss about a week ago,assured that the traditional council in the area would meet and proffer solution to the problem

The Public Relations Officer of Ekiti State Police Command ,Mr Victor Olu Babayemi confirmed the incident,saying police are on the top of the problem

Babayemi, said it was the effort of the policemen drafted to the palace that prevented the youths from the further attack on the monarch and the palace

The traditional ruler ,Oba Adebayo was said to have relocated to his private residence within the community

As at press time,a combined team of regular police and Mobile Policemen have taken over the palace ,while relative peace has returned to the one town local government

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