The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, the Aje Ogungunniso I, has alerted the police high command to alleged moves by some residents of the city to cause mayhem.
Oba Adetunji spoke yesterday at his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace while hosting Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Foluso Adebanjo.
He alluded to the case of Oloode village in Oluyole Local Government Area, where Lukman Alao was deposed as Baale and replaced on January 9 with Dauda Odeyemi Ejo.
The first-class monarch said Alao had allegedly become a law unto himself, using the machinery he procured outside the state to molest and arrest law-abiding residents.
Oba Adetunji said: “Part of his mode of operation is continuous use of number plate of Baale Oloode long after his removal from office. His co-traveller is the Onido of Ido, Chief Tajudeen Akinola Agura, who, although is not molesting anybody but is using the number plate of Onido of Ido.
“If a chief is removed in accordance with our tradition for allegations of a wrongdoing, he could either take it or go to the law court in search of justice. We believe in the rule of law. This is why we have not joined issues with the deposed Baale. But as the prescribed authority over all the 11 local government areas in Ibadan land, I will not fold my arms and allow anybody to use the machinery to molest my people.”
The Olubadan, who was flanked by the Otun Balogun of Ibadan land, High Chief Femi Olaifa and Ekaarun Olubadan, High Chief Amidu Ajibade, described the acts of the two deposed chiefs as an abomination.
He hailed the police for their professionalism in maintaining law and order and ensuring peace and security.
Oba Adetunji prayed for the success of the new DIG and his men, including the AIG Zone XI, Oyo State police commissioner and others.
Adebanjo said the Olubadan’s request would be promptly examined.
He said officers and men of the force would continue to collaborate with traditional institutions to ensure law and order.