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Tension In Ekiti As Rival Obas Hold Festivals

There is palpable tension in Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State as two rival monarchs, the Ogoga of Ikere Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu; and the Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, hold festivals the same week.

Oba Olukere’s festival, which is the annual Olosunta festival, began in Ikere on Wednesday (yesterday) and would end next week Friday.

On the other hand, Oba Ogoga has fixed his festival, Odun Oba, for Saturday, which is the fourth day for Olosunta.

According to the tradition of the town, the two kings are supposed to meet on the fourth day (Ijero day) for a traditional rite, where Olukere used to play a prominent role by appeasing gods for the town to be in peace and unity.

The situation has raised fears of a likely clash among followers of the two kings.

A security source in the town told our correspondent on Wednesday that the Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, held a meeting with the two monarchs where a peace agreement was signed.

It was learnt that while the Olukere attended in person, the Ogoga sent a representative.

The source added, “They were summoned to a meeting with heads of state security agencies in Ado Ekiti by the CP. The Olukere personally attended while the Ogoga sent a representative.

“The two had a fruitful meeting with the state services but that doesn’t foreclose crisis from being fomented by hoodlums.

“If you get to Ikere now, Ogoga is upping his game to ensure a lavish and flamboyant Odun Oba while Olukere is also planning the Olosunta to be a big event.

“The ego and supremacy battle is assuming a dangerous dimension and something urgent must be done.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, however, dismissed the fear, saying security agencies were on top of the situation.

Adeyemi stated, “There is no tension in Ikere as far as we are concerned; if there is a problem, the police would be the ones to alert the public on the need to be vigilant.

“That the two monarchs were planning different events for the same day doesn’t mean there is tension. In fact, I just spoke with the DPO of the Ikere Division to discuss a particular issue and he didn’t tell me tension was brewing.”

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Also speaking on the development, Oba Obasoyin, who confirmed attending the peace meeting with security agencies, said there was no need to fear.

“Our festival will go on as planned, peacefully. There is no tension anywhere, please ignore those fanning the ember of violence.”

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