Akeredolu orders arrest of impostor Monarch
By Friday Omosola, Akure
Ondo State Police Command has been ordered to arrest and prosecute one Mr Ademola Idowu Oloworiyibi for parading himself as the Olofun of Irele, in Irele Local Government Area of the State. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in a letter addressed to the State Commissioner of Police, Oyediran Oyeyemi, signed by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, said no person had been appointed as the Olofun of Irele Kingdom.
Governor Akeredolu described the activities of Oloworiyibi as overreaching and illegal, adding that it is capable of causing disaffection amongst the peace-loving people of the ancient town whose consequences can be better imagined.
“Government has noted with deep concern the activities of one Mr Ademola Idowu Oloworiyibi, who has been parading himself as the Olofun of Irele Kingdom, in Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State. This impostor has not only impersonated the Olofun of Irele Kingdom, but he has also arrogated to himself the powers to confer chieftaincy titles on unsuspecting beneficiaries and his lackeys/cohorts.
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“The position of the State Government is that no person has been approved or appointed as the Olofun of Irele Kingdom, hence the activities of Mr Ademola Idowu Oloworiyibi are not only overreaching but illegal and capable of causing disaffection amongst the peace-loving people of the ancient town which consequences can be better imagined. It is in the light of the foregoing, amongst others, that the Ondo State Government is ordering the arrest and prosecution of Mr Ademola Idowu Oloworiyibl.”
The governor reiterated that his administration had maintained dignified neutrality in the selection of traditional rulers for towns and villages in the state. Akeredolu maintained that his administration’s neutral selection of monarchs had been responsible for the peace the state is enjoying on chieftaincy matters.
He said his government would not fold its hands and watch any individual or group of Individuals disturb the peace of the state through needless and avoidable chieftaincy tussles.
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