Stolen staff of office: Lagos ruling house wants Oba’s palace cleansed


The Ruling House of Lagos State Akinsemoyin has requested that the palace of Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, should be cleansed after its invasion on October 21 by hoodlums, who carted away the royal staff of authority.

The thugs had on October 21 invaded the palace and carted away the royal staff of authority and other items after violence broke out in several parts of the state over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of the state.

In a statement on Sunday, the ruling house described the invasion of the palace and the removal of the royal staff of authority as a sacrilege.

The statement, titled, ‘#EndSARS protest: Akinsemonyin ruling house condemns attacks on Oba’s palace,’ was co-signed by the Olori Ebi Akinsemoyin Ruling House of Lagos, Chief Musliu Anibaba; Prince Saminu Akinsemoyin; Prince lbrahim Adekunle; and the Chairman of Egbe Omo Eko Nimi Lagos Forum, Prince Ademola Akinsemoyin.

Members of the ruling house said they watched with shock rioters’ “forceful entering, ransacking, looting and desecration of lga ldunganran (Oba Ado Palace) which is the Palace of Oba of Lagos.”

They said, “Painfully, the desecration of Oba’s Palace, in particular, the stolen ‘Opa Ase’ and our ancestral items with impunity has not only exasperated the tense atmosphere but also shows lack of respect for Lagos traditional heritages.

‘Pertinently, the sad events were sacrilegious and an abomination to Lagos land, heritage and prohibited by Yoruba and Lagos tradition and social customs.

“Consequently, we implore the custodians of our heritages, Yoruba kings, traditional heads, and all religious leaders to work together to redeem and cleanse Lagos land of the present taboo and obscenity; and more importantly, strengthen our heritages that have been tampered with and forestall future occurrence and assault on royalties.”

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