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Published On: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013

Hoodlums Burn Blind Osun Monarch to Death in his Palace

LAGOS NOVEMBER 22ND (URHOBOTODAY)-The Alase of Ilase-Ijesha in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Adesina Alobijuwon (80), is dead.
He was reportedly burnt to death on Wednesday night in a fire as unknown hoodlums were said to have set the palace ablaze around 8pm.
The monarch, who lost his sight about eight years ago, lived in the palace with a maid, having lost his wife many years ago.
The maid and two of her sons, who also live in the palace, escaped unhurt.

A chief, Oluwagbemiga Oke, said the palace was donated by a prominent indigene of the town.
He said the late monarch received five unidentified guests, who drove to the palace in a pink Mazda 323 saloon car, before the fire.
Oke said: “We were told the palace got burnt shortly after the unknown guests left.”
It was learnt that the “guests” removed their car’s number plate and burnt it when the vehicle broke down.
The maid has been arrested by the police.
An officer of the State Fire Service, Mr. Michael Ogundipe, said the incident was an arson case.
Taking officials of the state government, including Commissioner for Information and Strategy Sunday Akere, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Sikiru Ayedun and Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters Amos Adekunle, round the palace, Ogundipe said nothing suggested that the fire was caused by power surge.
A businesswoman from the town, Chief Jumoke Ogunkeyede (a.k.a. JMK), said the monarch’s remains were evacuated by officials of the Osun Ambulance Services and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and deposited at the mortuary of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
A chief, Adejumo Operinde, said necessary rituals would be conducted in accordance with the town’s tradition.
Akere assured the community of the government’s assistance.
He urged residents to be vigilant and report strange movements to security operatives.
Source – The Nation.

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