Ex-governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, has claimed that the attack on the palace of Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was aimed at killing him.
The Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land made this known in a statement by his media aide, Lanre Latinwo on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
In a report by The Punch, Ladoja further claimed that he was lucky to escape from the palace alive and it’s rather sad that the APC was only making efforts to divert the attention of both the public and security agencies from those who were behind the act.
The statement reads: “How can a responsible person organise that AK-47 and pump action guns be shot at his direction. Are AK-47 and pump action guns toys that can be played with?
“We urge security agencies to beam their searchlight on the APC and their agents in the state so as to unravel the perpetrators of the act.
“They sent their killer squad to kill Ladoja but unfortunately for them, the bullet hit another vehicle that belongs to Sarafadeen Alli, a senior chief of the Olubadan, with the hope that the vehicle belonged to Ladoja. The damage done to the vehicle and the incident has been reported to security agencies.
“It is noteworthy that some bystanders were able to identify the vehicle and some of the hoodlums, which include one aide that usually accompanies a High Chief, who is now an Oba and who is also a signatory to the purported letter written by the so-called Oba-in-Council against the Olubadan.
“It should be recalled that preparatory to the installation at the palace, a set of people, who called themselves Ibadan Oba-in-Council, wrote a letter of protest to the Olubadan, telling him not to carry out his lawful duties.
“Based on the letter, the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters wrote another letter threatening the Olubadan of great consequences should he go ahead with his lawful programme.
“Not satisfied with a fake delivery record on the letter, they went with Operation Burst soldiers and riot policemen fully armed to paste the letters on the wall of the Olubadan palace.”
On Monday, September 25, 2017, some hoodlums launched an attack on the palace of the Olubadan od Ibadan during the installation of family heads, known as mogajis.
The Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress had said in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Olawale Sadare, that Ladoja should be blamed for the mayhem.
The party alleged that the ex-governor was taking advantage of the Olubadan chieftaincy crisis to broaden his personal interest and fight needless war with his perceived political adversaries.