#EndSARS: Two months after mob invasion, Oba of Lagos returns to palace

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu has reportedly returned to his palace on Friday barely two months after a mob invasion during the #EndSARS crisis.

Recall that there were agitations against police brutality across the country in October which was organised under the #EndSARS campaign.

The protest was hijacked by hoodlums who took the opportunity to launch attacks on various public and private buildings across the country.

When the #EndSARS protest degenerated into crisis in some states including Lagos, a mob had broken into the palace on October 21, 2020 despite the presence of soldiers, and attempted to set fire to the premises.

Following the intervention of military officers, Akiolu was rescued from the palace while buildings within the premises were vandalised and Akiolu’s staff of office was also seized.

Moment after the seizure of the staff of office, a yet-to-be identified young man was later seen in a video on social media, running away with the item.

The staff of office was later said to have been found.

The Lagos council of obas described the invasion as a “sacrilege”, just as other individuals and organisations condemned the attack.

Confirming the Oba’s return after 10 weeks, Oreoluwa Finnih, senior special assistant to the Lagos governor on health, tweeted that the monarch returned to the Iga Idunganran palace on Friday.

She also posted a video on her handle, which showed the traditional ruler wearing a face mask and dancing — he was also surrounded by persons who appeared to be other title holders, praise singers, and guards.

Our daddy is back home… Oba of Lagos, HRM, Alayeluwa Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu’s triumphant entry to Iga Idunganran Palace, today, Friday, 1st January, 2021 — Oreoluwa (@Oreoluwa_Finnih) January 1, 2021


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