- A set of angry youths has taken over the palace of Agbado-Ekiti, Ekiti state
- The youths are reportedly kicking against the alleged imposition of a regent
Irate youths of Agbado-Ekiti, Gbonyin local government of Ekiti state, yesterday, April 15, stormed the town's palace to evict the regent, Bolaji Okunbobade, whom they claimed was imposed on them by the kingmakers.
Vanguard reports that Okunbobade was selected by the kingmakers to take over the throne vacated by her late father, the Owa Oro of Agbado, Oba Okunbobade.
However, the irate youths, who barricaded the Ado-Ikare Road for several hours, accused one of the kingmakers, Chief Kayode Adeyeye, of unilaterally choosing Bolaji as Regent.
They alleged that due process was not followed and all “critical stakeholders” were not carried along in the choice of Bolaji whom they described as “illegal regent.”
The community has been thrown into crisis following the alleged taking over of traditional artifacts, shrines, and duties of sacrifices by four kingmakers. The regent and her aides have also been chased out of the palace.
The youths have also called out to Governor Ayodele Fayose to interfere in the crisis.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that some traditional worshippers prevented the demolition of shrines in Ekiti state on Friday, April 6. The worshippers had engaged a team of the Ekiti state demolition experts in an argument in Ado-Ekiti.
The exercise took a dramatic turn when budldozers returned in Ado-Ekiti for the demolition of structures close to the two shrines, two sacred trees and other structures directly adjacent the palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo.
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