The Agbowu of Ogbagbaa, Oba Sikirulahi Akinropo, has confirmed that he was viciously attacked inside the office of the AIG, Bashir Makama, by Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.
” He left his seat and the Iwo Local Government Chairman was trying to restrain him, but he pushed him away and started punching me where I sat. It was the AIG that came to my rescue by pulling him away from me, said the Agbowu of Ogbagbaa.
” It was the AIG that pulled him away from me, he stressed further in an interview with THE PUNCH. ” I told the AIG that assaulting me in front of him was tantamount to assaulting me in front of the President. He even attempted to come back to where I sat to beat me again, but the AIG told his aides to lead him out of the venue of the meeting.
” I have been a traditional ruler for 24 years and I know the worth of the institution I represent. Have you ever heard of an Oba exchanging blows or fighting? I can’t be part of that madness; that was why I held my peace. If I also had fought back, I would have constituted a nuisance.”
The Oluwo of Iwo had warned the monarchs to stop the sale of lands in their respective domain.
” But we told him that the lands we sold belonged to our towns and not Iwo. The Olu of Ile-Igbo Kingdom said he only sold lands in Ile-Igbo. Onigege also said the same thing, and I also said the lands I sold belonged to Ogbagbaa, my domain.
The lands I sold solely belonged to Ogbagbaa and I have never trespassed on his land. In fact, the Onigege, whose domain shares boundary with Iwo, didn’t trespass on Iwo. Oluwo also wrote a petition against the Onisara of Fesu and other Obas in the area.