Angry youths set ablaze Iree’s palace in Osun
A group of irate youths from the town vandalised and set fire to the Palace of Aree of Iree on Thursday night in Boripe North Local Council Development Area of Osun.
According to reports, young people who were upset about Chief Soliu Atoyebi, the Aogun of Iree, being detained by security personnel on Thursday morning, set fire to the palace.
Around 7:00 p.m., when the traditional ruler, Oba Ponle Ademola, was rumoured to be leaving the palace, it was attacked and set on fire.
Major access roads to the town were blocked as a result of the incident, and the young people who were angry set fire to the roads.
According to reports, town residents and business owners immediately locked up their establishments for security.
SP Yemisi Opalola, the Spokesperson for the Osun Police, was not available for comment because her phone was off.
A day after his inauguration, Osun Governor Ademola Adeleke issued an Executive Order setting aside the appointment and enthronement of three traditional rulers: Aare of Iree, Akirun of Ikirun, and Owa of Igbajo.
Adeleke also ordered the three traditional rulers’ palaces to be secured and guarded by security personnel in order to prevent the breakdown of law and order.
Following the selection of Prince Ponle Ademola as the Aree of Iree by the previous Gboyega Oyetola administration, there was a palpable sense of fear in Iree Town.
Some of the town’s ruling houses and organisations had objected to the choice of Ademola, claiming that Oyetola administration officials had forced him upon the populace.
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