- A former secretary to the Oyo state government escaped death by the whiskers, as gunmen opened fire at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan
- When the shooting began, the former SSG was seated in his vehicle, and his screen was reportedly riddled with bullets
- The Olubadan was slated to install four local chiefs when the incident occurred
- In recent times, the monarch has been involved in a tug of war with the Oyo state governor, over the chieftaincy review process
Unknown gunmen launched a brazen attack on the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, in Popo-yemoja, Oyo state, on Monday, September 25, Premium Times reports.
The gunmen reportedly stormed the palace at 11:45am in a black Sienna, as the monarch, Oba Saliu Adetunji, was slated to install four (baales) local chiefs.
NAIJ.com gathers that a former secretary to the Oyo state government, Sharrafaden Ali, who was there to attend the event, narrowly escaped death, alongside 3 journalists.
The former SSG was seated in his vehicle - a black Toyota Land Cruiser jeep - when the shooting began; and an eyewitnesses disclosed that his screen was riddled with bullets.
The gunmen reportedly hurled insults in Yoruba, as they opened fire in front of the palace and challenged those inside to come out and face them.
In recent times, there has been animosity between the Olubadan and Governor Abiola Ajimobi, over the chieftaincy review process; with the monarch even suing the Oyo state governor over what he referred to as the ‘illegality of the chieftaincy review of Ibadan land’.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state issued a 48-hour ultimatum to nine elevated chiefs in Ibadan to revert to their former status.
The Oyo state government described the promotion of the nine chiefs by the previous Olubadan of Ibadan as illegal.
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