His Majesty, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, the Olowo of Owo, Ondo state, has instructed the immediate suspension of one of the Chiefs in the town, Chief Ololade Olanipekun, the Osere of Ehin-Ogbe Quarter indefinitely.
Owo is one of the 18 local government areas in Ondo state and the hometown of the incumbent governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu.
According to a statement signed by the Administrative Secretary to the Olowo of Owo, Chief Amos Aladeseye, the suspension of the chief followed his disrespect to the traditional ruler of the town.
According to the statement, Chief Osere of Ehin-Ogbe Quarter declined to give comprehensive complimentary traditional greetings to the Olowo, refusal to follow the tradition as an ‘Edibo Ologho’, and unruly behaviour during the Olowo-in-Council’s meeting.
The statement read, “As stated in the letter of suspension, Chief Osere was given chances to exculpate himself of blame concerning his misbehaviour through a query and subsequent panel of inquiry on the issue. Rather, he continued his justification for these odious actions, for which he even opened another trajectory by misrepresenting the cherished history and tradition of the kingdom.”
The statement also noted that there was no element of remorse or apology portrayed by the Chief for his act of indiscipline towards the Monarch of the town and rape of the esteemed tradition and culture of Owo kingdom.
In the letter, the monarch and council of the town disclosed that pending the when the suspended Chief will be pardoned, it is a becomes a forbidden for him to use the paraphernalia of office or the beads popularly referred to as Akon in the ancient town.
Meanwhile, Chief Adebayo Adeyemi, the Osunla of Ehin-Ogbe, who is next in hierarchy to the suspended Chief has been appointed to take charge of the entire Ehin-Ogbe Quarter.
“As nature abhors vacuum, the headship and management of the Ehin Ogbe Quarter to devolve on Chief Adebayo Adeyemi, the Osunla of Ehin-Ogbe, who is next in hierarchy, without hindrance and limit, as approved by the Council,” the statement concludes.