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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Adewale Akanbi is alleging that that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, ordered his CSO to push him out of the way during the Council of Obas meeting which took place in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State
It was gathered that the Ooni of Ife had just finished giving a vote of thanks, and was on his way back to his seat when his CSO, Olawale Kolawole, had a brush with the Oluwo, who appeared to be blocking the Ooni from accessing his seat.
The Oluwo, it was learnt, was by then discussing with the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdurahman Dambazzau. It was alleged that the CSO out of overzealousness, threatened to push the monarch if he did not give way for Ooni to pass. .
He was said to have ignored Oba Akanbi’s entreaties to “take it easy” and pushed him out of the way. A visibly embarrassed Oluwo, had to step aside to pave way for Ooni to get to his seat, a source said.
Oluwo’s statement read in part,
“Dignitaries at the event were taken aback by what they considered as a desecration of the crown as the bodyguard of the Ooni pushed a first-class paramount ruler, Oluwo.
The monarch excused himself in order to maintain peace. The Ooni was observing and he felt satisfied with the action of his guard.” But the Ooni, while reacting to the allegation in a statement issued by his Director of Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, described the claims of the Oluwo as untrue.
The security detail concerned, Kolawole, admitted in a telephone interview that the had an encounter with the monarch in the course of discharging his legitimate duty and maintained that he had a duty to secure his principal. He said: “I didn’t expect the Oluwo to stand there because his seat was not there. So, I only excused and asked him to move away from there. I didn’t push him as alleged.”
Ooni ADC pushed Oluwo at Council of Obas Meetings The body guard to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in what seemed to be an errand message pushed Oluwo at a public gathering of the first class paramount rulers held at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State last Tuesday. Dignitaries at the event were taken aback on what they considered as desecration of the crown as the body guard of the embattled Ooni pushed a first class paramount ruler, Oluwo. As a witness of the event as shown in the above picture, Ooni was called to make vote of thanks as Oluwo was engaging the Minister for Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau who came to represent the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari. While Ooni was coming to his seat, the security guard descended on Oluwo to leave the road or he will push him. Oluwo tried to plead with him to be patient but he resisted. He then pushed Oluwo. The monarch excused himself to maintain peace. Ooni was observing and felt satisfied with the action of his guard. Oluwo stepped aside, and thereafter revisit his conversation with the minister for peaceful atmosphere