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Olubadan fumes as hoodlums invade Palace, disrupt chieftaincy ceremony

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, fumes against the disruption of chieftaincy installation by hooligans allegedly hired by some prospective Mogajis and Baales.

According to The Punch, the installation ceremony held on Monday was disrupted by hoodlums which led to a forceful suspension of the rites by the monarch.

Some chiefs and the Olubadan disagreed on who are to be named mogaji and baales of the land, which made the contending party subscribe to the use of miscreants to disrupt the installation ceremony.

In a statement by his Personal Assistant on Media, Oladele Ogunsola, the monarch expressed disappointment at the unruly behaviour of the supporters of the prospective chiefs.

Only three out of the 10 new chiefs were installed due to the disruption by the hoodlums.

The installation of new Mogajis and Baales was for 10 new chiefs, consisting of five Mogajis and Baales apiece, but which could not be completed due to the invasion of the venue.

The Olubadan said in the statement, “It was a sad scene, seeing miscreants storming the palace, where, accompanied by my members of council seated to perform the traditional rites throwing decorum to the wind in abeyance of the exalted and majestic positions of my members of the council.”

He added that anyone found guilty of hiring the hoodlums to disrupt the installation after investigations had been concluded will be sanctioned.

The monarch, however, reinstate his commitment to complete the installation of the chiefs, stating that “their installation would be performed unfailingly at the next exercise.”

Oba Balogun further noted that every chieftaincy matter should be routed through his Personal Assistant on Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Isiaka Akinpelu.

He said, “I have made it clear to the members of the public when the palace was reorganised on the need to ensure that chieftaincy matters are made less cumbersome for me and my members of council by going through Chief Akinpelu, whose appointment was made solely to have smooth and stress-free procedures on promotion and installation of chiefs.”

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