24.04.2024 Featured Oyo Chief ‘Threatened’ for Refusing to Endorse Bashorun’s Alaafin Pick

Published 24th Apr, 2024

By Joseph Adeiye

Ikusaanu lfaleye Iyanda, the Oluwo-Alaafin of Oyo Town, has written a petition to the Oyo Commissioner of Police against Yusuf Akinade Ayoola, the Bashorun of Oyo, for criminal conspiracy and threat to life.

The petition, signed by Iyanda’s lawyers on April 18, 2024, reveals that Ayoola is being threatened over his refusal to endorse Bashorun’s candidate for the vacant Alaafin throne.

READ ALSO: Basorun Oyo Asks Court to Restrain Makinde From Interfering in Alaafin Selection

The content of the petition reads as follows:

“We act as Solicitors to Chief Ikusaanu lfaleye Iyanda (OluwoAlaafin of Oyo Town) (Hereinafter referred to as our Client) and pursuant to whose instructions we write this Petition.

“It is the instructions of our Client that on the 8th day of April, 2024. Chief Yusuf Akinade Ayoola (Bashorun of Oyo Town) invited the Oluwolsheke of Oyo Town in person of Chief Ifaniyi Omoyeni Ayinla to his home. He subsequently told Chief Ifaniyi Omoyeni Ayinla to go and warn Our Client that failure to support his choice to ascend the throne of Alaafin would subject our Client to facing his wrath as the Prime minister of Oyo kingdom.

“Furthermore, Chief Yussuf Akinade Ayoola (Bashorun of Oyo Town) boasted openly that he would harm various unknown individuals with various kinds of dangerous weapons to maliciously and intentionally attack our Client if our Client fails to succumb to his threatening demands and command.

“Sir, as if that was not enough, Chief Yussuf AkinadeAyoola (Bashorun of Oyo Town) has now resorted to threatening fire and brimstones and warned our client not to move freely within Oyo Town and its environs. He boasted in strong words to get rid of our Client and also terminate our Client’s chieftaincy title.

“Sir, it is our fear that if these reckless criminal activities and threats are allowed to continue unabated, the situation might snowball into intractable civil unrest in the entire community and its neighbouring areas.”

READ ALSO: Real Reasons Oyo Gov’t Rejected the Candidate of Atiku, Oyomesi for Alaafin

REAL ALSO: Oyo Chiefs Go Into Hiding as EFCC Invites Them to Explain Millions in Bribes From Alaafin Candidate

FIJ had published a series of reports exposing the unsavoury business history of Lukman Gbadegesin, whom Ayoola favoured in what has been deemed an unsatisfactory Alaafin selection process.

Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, refused to accept Ayoola’s choice of Gbadegesin after he heard that the Oyomesi chiefs who elected him were bribed.

Ayoola and a faction of the Oyomesi have since gone to court to have their way against Makinde.

The Oyo High Court in Awe dismissed the chiefs’ suit against Makinde on Friday.

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Published 24th Apr, 2024

By Joseph Adeiye


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