The palace of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Okadunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade 111, has described as false and misleading the reports alleging that three protesters were feared dead during an attack on the palace on Sunday.
In a statement signed and issued by the principal secretary to Soun of Ogbomosoland, Mr Toyin Ajamu, the palace said contrary to the news that despite the needless provocations and ill-treatment meted out to the Royal household during the violent attack on the Palace, that the Paramount ruler and his household did not retaliate.
The statement partly declared: “The attention of the Palace of Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, JP, CON, CFR has been drawn to various false and misleading reports in online media platforms that three protesters were feared dead during an attack on Ogbomoso Palace on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
“The attack was perpetrated by hoodlums and miscreants, disguised as protesters against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) leading to the wanton destruction of properties and vehicles at the palace. A chief, among other palace officials, also sustained injuries.
“Contrary to fake news being disseminated on social media, we state categorically that despite the needless provocations and ill-treatment meted out to the Royal household during the violent attack on the Palace, the Paramount ruler and his household did not retaliate.
“Kabiyesi, who was with his chiefs and subjects including Minister of Youth and Sports Development (an indigene of Ogbomoso), when the hoodlums invaded the palace, advised the palace staff to refrain from attacking the hoodlums.
“Hence, none of the miscreants and thugs was attacked by the palace household but rather a chief, who was pelted with stones by the hoodlums sustained serious injuries.
The dead bodies being circulated on social media were brought into the palace by the hoodlums to cause confusion and justify the attack on the palace.
“The Nonagenarian Paramount ruler is a strong advocate of peace and unity, which is evident in the robust development Ogbomosoland and its environs have witnessed over the forty-seven years of his reign.
“We are by this medium, advising the general public to disregard the fake news and media being circulated that some persons were feared dead in the Palace during the unwarranted attack.
The Palace, therefore, appealed to the media to get their facts right when reporting sensitive issues such as this ugly incident saying: “We also implore appropriate authorities to investigate the sad incident in a bid to bring the perpetrators of the attack to book and avert a recurrence.
“We equally call for the full investigation into circumstances that led to the death of Jimoh Isiaka, an Ogbomoso indigene alongside others injured during the peaceful protest on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
“Recall, Kabiyesi, a strong advocate of peace, whose Palace is open to all and sundry, had on Saturday, October 10, 2020, addressed the legitimate protesters, who were on a peaceful protest to the Palace, to be law-abiding and steadfast.”
The Palace, however, appreciated all well-wishers who have through various media, sent wishes, prayers and support for the Kabiyesi’s wellbeing following the incident.
No death recorded during attack on Soun of Ogbomoso’s palace ― Palace aide