Ibadan Chieftaincy Crisis: Gunmen Storm Olubadan’s Palace

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Ibadan Chieftaincy Crisis: Some gunmen has reportedly attacked the Olubadan palace in Popo-yemoja, Ibadan, Oyo state today, as a former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Alhaji Sharrafaden Ali, escaped death.

Ali reportedly escaped death by the whiskers with three other journalists who were at the palace to cover the installation of four local chiefs (baales) by the Olubadan, Saliu Adetunji.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen who drove in a black Sienna, stormed the palace around 11.45 a.m, while also yelling at the visitors stationed at the palace entrance, hurling abusive words in Yoruba.

Ali, who is also Asaaju Balogun of Ibadan land, was sitting in his black Toyota Land cruiser jeep with registration number Lagos Epe 447 ER when the shooting began.

In several pictures posted by a known supporter of the politician on Facebook, the car’s screen was shattered by bullets, while some of the journalists also sustained minor injuries during the shootings.

The source said the gunmen stopped in front of the palace, shooting into the air, while calling on visitors inside the palace to come out and confront them.

It would be recalled that the Olubadan chieftaincy review had been a subject of protracted crises in recent time, particularly between the Olubadan and the Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

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