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How it began
THE rich Yoruba tradition and customs were thrown to the winds on Sunday evening as the Deji of Akure, Oba Oluwadare Adesina, engaged in a free-for-all with one of his oloris (queen) on the street of the town.
The monarch left the palace in company with the last olori, Remi Abiola, and an Akure High Chief to engage his second olori, Bolanle, in a free-for-all on Hospital Road, Akure.
The monarch, in the bid to engage his wife in fisticuffs, stripped himself half-naked and prepared himself for the battle.
The Pathfinder Jeep in which the Deji was driven marked “Deji of Akure” was damaged by irate youths that mobbed him and he was whisked away by a team of policemen in one of their patrol vehicles.
The monarch, in an attempt to escape being dealt with by the people of the area, fell into the drainage along the road and his cap fell off from his head.
After the confrontation, which lasted about three hours, Olori Bolanle was admitted at the state Specialist Hospital, Akure, as she was seriously wounded.
It was gathered that trouble started at about 5.30 p.m. on Sunday when the monarch, along with Remi, stormed the residence of the second olori located on 141, Hospital Road, Akure, in the Jeep and a Toyota Starlet, marked Ondo AL 963AKR.
Immediately they alighted from the vehicle that brought them and on sighting them, Olori Bolanle went into her room and asked the people around to tell them she was not around.
But when they could not see her, the monarch was alleged to have ordered the youth that accompanied him to burn down the building.
Nigerian Tribune further learnt that it was at this stage that Bolanle surfaced from her room to challenge the people on the reason they invaded her residence.
Her emergence aggravated the situation as Oba Adesina was said to have ordered that hot ashes believed to have been mixed be poured on her.
One of the women at the scene who attempted to shield the Olori was said to have been burnt as the skin on her arms peeled off immediately the ashes touched her body.
While this was going on, the Olori who came along with Adesina was alleged to have smashed a big plank on the back of Bolanle following which the two engaged in a fight.
However, the younger brother of the attacked Olori and the youth of the area mobilised against what they perceived as injustice to Olori Bolanle and mobbed the monarch and his entourage.
When it was obvious that the youth wanted to lynch Adesina and that he could not escape without being beaten or molested, the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was contacted and he sent his men to the scene.
The monarch’s vehicle was damaged and blocked with another Xterra Jeep belonging to Olori Bolanle, hence the monarch escaped in the police patrol vehicle.
It was, however, learnt that the monarch and the attacked Olori had been at loggerheads for sometime, a development that made the Olori to pack out of the palace and relocated to her parents’ home.(This picture depicts the amountbof physical abuse she eceived outwardly, of course the internal injuries cannot be displayed at this moment) ->
Oba Adesina was said to have invaded Olori Bolanle’s residence to retrieve the property he bought for her, including the Xterra Jeep.
Speaking with newsmen on her sick bed, Bolanle said it was Oba Adesina that led his palace chiefs and some hoodlums to attack her in her residence.
She said she was seriously beaten while an unknown substance was poured on her.
She said she would institute a legal action against the monarch over the invasion of her house and the injuries inflicted on her.
Several attempts to speak with the monarch were not successful as his mobile phones were switched off.
He could equally not be seen at the palace as he was said not to be around at press time.
Source: Written by Yinka Oladoyinbo, Akure Tuesday, 01 June 2010 Clearly last year
And he was deposed: More details emerged that: he Ondo State Government on Thursday deposed the Deji of Akure, Oba Oluwadare Adesina, “with immediate effect.”
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, said the decision was reached at a meeting of the State Executive Council presided in Akure.
The statement said the government subsequently directed Akure kingmakers and the Akure South Local Government to immediately commence the process leading to the emergence and installation of a new Deji of Akure.
Adesina had, on May 30, 2010, allegedly invaded no 141 Hospital Road, Akure, in company with Olori Remi Abiola- Adesina and assaulted his estranged wife, Olori Bolanle . In the course of the attack, Bolanle sustained serious injuries.
The statement also said that in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order in the state capital, the deposed monarch had been banished and ordered not to step into Akure for a period of six months “in the first instance.”
The statement did not, however, say where the dethroned Oba was banished to.
It explained that the decision was based “on the provisions of Section 17 (1) and (2) of the Chiefs law 1984 as amended, that vested the State Executive Council with the powers to suspend or depose any chief if it considers such suspension or deposition to be reasonably justifiable.”
The statement said the government had taken note of “the outrage, protest and condemnation that greeted Oba Adesina’s conduct as demonstrated by the protest embarked upon by the National Council of Women Societies, the Federation of Women lawyers, among others.
It added that on May 30, 2010, Adesina “conducted himself in the most dishonourable, condemnable and disgraceful manner and has by that conduct brought the institution of Obaship and the stool of Deji to disrepute and public odium and his various acts are against public order, public safety/ public morality and not in accordance with the customs, tradition and public order and morality.”
It stated that various reports of security agencies in the state found the monarch culpable, adding that Adesina’s response to the query issued to him by the state Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on June 3, 2010 was “completely unsatisfactory as his conduct was unbecoming and has eroded the sanctity, dignity and respect of the stool of Deji of Akureland.”
Deji's Right of reply: The deposed and banished traditional ruler of Akure town,Ondo State,Oba Oludare Adepoju Adesina has finally broken his silence over what led to the public fight he had with his estranged wife,Bolanle. According to Adeshina, Bolanle left the palace about nine months ago because she was engaging in adultery. “I got know that she was engaging in adultery.You know as a Deji of Akure, if i don’t get to know this physically,there are traditional means” he said.
Adesina also alleged that Olori Bolanle was going to collecting money from state governors and other top government functionaries using his name as a means of getting through. This really angered him and had to take the matter up with Bolanle.The deposed Oba who is expected in court any moment from now also said the report of the fight was blown out of proportion by the press.
It would be recalled that Deji of Akure, Oba Adesina stormed the residence of his estranged wife, Bolanle with his new wife, Remi Abiola (a former wife of Bashorun MKO Abiola) and some people suspected to be hoodlums.Bolanle was reportedly manhandled by the Oba and his entouraged.Some people who thought that the traditional ruler and his entourage were too brutal on the woman came to her defense.
The Deji’s vehicle was damaged and he was manhandled.He was also said to have been manhandled to the point that his traditional beads were picked on the floor. He also reportedly poured some substances suspected to be acid on his estranged wife.
The traditional ruler was widely condemned for bringing the traditional institution to public ridicule.The Ondo State Government led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko also condemned the act of the ruler.Mimiko also deposed and banished the ruler to Owo, the home town of the estranged wife.
More developments: The estranged wife of the deposed Deji of Akure ,Oluwadare Adesina Adepoju has made passionate appeal to the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to reconsider the stand of the government on Adepoju removal.
Making her first public appearance at a press briefing in Akure three months after the crisis that led to her husband removal from the throne, Bolanle said that the May 30, 2010 incident at her resident which led to the crisis was blown out of proportion and urged the government to reverse its decision on the matter.
Adepoju was deposed and banished to Owo for six months on June 10 2010 over public outcry that followed the allegation of wife battering leveled against him.
She spoke in company of members of her family and those of Adepoju royal family, after series of reconciliation meeting between the two families.
According to her,her family and that of her husband have finally resolves the difference between her and Adepoju
She urged Governor Mmiko to take another look at the matter and heed the pleas of the two families by restoring Adepoju back to the throne.
Bolanle also disclosed that Adepoju has withdraw the controversial statement which disowned her children as members of the royal family
She added that series of meeting of heads of the two families have been held in Akure and Owo , her home town to resolved the matrimonial differences
'I am appealing to all the traditional rulers in Ondo state and the people of Akure in appealing to the state government to kindly rescind its decision on my husband" Bolanle said.
She also appealed to the wives of traditional rulers in the state to join her appeal to the Akure Kingmakers s, eminent personalities, youths and all well meaning citzen of Akure at home and in the Diaspora
The head of Adepoju family, Chief Sunday Adepoju at the briefing also confirmed that the differences between Bolanle and the deposed Deji have been resolved.
He affirmed that Bolanle remains Adepoju Olori and that all that led to the crisis had been put behind by the two families.
Chief Adepoju , therefore urged the state government to reconsider its decision on the matter
And then she lost her life: Olori Bolanle Adepoju Adesina, the brutalized second wife of the deposed Deji of Akure, Oluwadare Adesina Adepoju, has died. Mrs. Adesina was the victim in a brutal domestic violence episode that shook the Nigerian nation and led to the Ondo state government to depose the Akure king.
Family sources told SaharaReporters that she died of 'cardiac arrest' at a private hospital in Maryland area of Lagos. Her corpse has since been deposited at a morgue in Akure.
In May, 2010, the deposed Oba Adepoju mercilessly attacked Mrs. Adesina at her residence at 141 Hospital Road, Akure. After beating her to a pulp, the then traditional ruler poured an unknown substance on her skin. He then ordered his guards to whip his estranged wife, standing unconcerned as her skin peeled off.
Olori Bolanle is survived by two sons.
I am no doctor, but Cardiac arrest can be caused by a number of medical conditions one of which is aggravation from highly pressurised standard of living and misuse of orthodox or unorthodox medicines to seek relief from such aggravarion..correct me if I am wrong..thanks..
My thoughts:...Is there any justice at all to Nigerian women in these situations??? is bearing mrs xxx more important than being with your children? Does the worth of a Nigerian woman start and end in her ability to bear kids, submit her salary (if earning) to her hubby, accept slaps, beatings and stabbings? after which she is discarded? Please lets not even mention does who are *allegedly* so cursed as not to be married....I am really taken aback.
Sources: Punchonline Sahara online Tribune Online