Monarchs under the Iwo Traditional Council have demanded the immediate suspension of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, for allegedly assaulting the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dikrullahi Akinropo.
The Oluwo allegedly physically attacked Oba Akinropo during a peace meeting called by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Bashir Makama, in Osogbo on Friday to settle a land dispute in Iwo.
The development has drawn media attention and attracted public outrage.
Meanwhile, protesters from Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa local government areas on Monday stormed the Osun State secretariat in Osogbo to demand Oba Akanbi’s suspension.
The protesters from Agberire, Ilemowu, Ogbaagbaa, Ile Ogbo, Oluponna and Kuta said the Oluwo must be suspended for peace to reign in Iwo and its environs.
The Iwo Traditional Council told Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in a communiqué after their emergency meeting at the palace of Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa on Sunday to also suspend Oba Akanbi as chairman of their council for his behaviour.
The obas called for the creation of separate traditional councils for Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa in the communiqué signed by monarchs including Oba Akinropo; the Onigege of Igege, Oba Kazeem Orioye; the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Oyelude; the Olupo of Oluponna, Oba Oyeleso Oyebamiji; the Oonifin of Ikonifin, Oba Solomon Oyewo; the Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Oba Abibu Adetoyese; the Oloja of Agberire, Oba Oye Alajide; and the Onisara of Feesu, Oba Alamu Oparonke.
They called for the recognition of all beaded crown wearers not in the good books of the Oluwo.
The protesters, who were received by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Rasaq Adeosun, and the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, claimed the Oluwo directed members of the Iwo Traditional Council to obtain receipts for land sale in their domains.