The battle for the chieftaincy title of Baale of Olode in Ibadan got messier at the weekend as some suspected hoodlums pounced on Chief Lukman Ilufemiloye Alao, who was recently deposed by the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, his wife and children and beating them to stupor.

The chief, who was rushed to the Adeoyo Medical Hospital, Ibadan for treatment after the beating had challenged the decision taken by Olubadan in court saying it was unfair as he claimed he didn’t do anything to warrant his removal from office.

The injured community ruler who also had his Lexus Sports Utility Van  vandalised recounted his ordeal on his hospital bed saying he had gone to Olode village to tell his subjects  that he had  a court injunction he got challenging his removal when the thugs descended on him and his family members. The chief said the thugs whom he couldn’t count chased him with many motorcycles and eventually caught up with his car because of the bad road and gave him the beating of his life.

“I had gone to the community, where I reside to paste a court injunction I got challenging my illegal removal as Baale when thugs suspected to be working with Dauda Odeyemi (Ejo) started chasing my car.
“They started the chase from Fatusi but my car broke down and the thugs with about 70 motorcycles carrying at least 3 thugs pounced on me, my wife and younger brother who were with me in the car.
“We were beaten but because I was the target, I was heavily beaten. My car was damaged, the N150,000 cash in my pocket was stolen. My gold necklace, ring and wristwatch were also stolen.
“I was thereafter rushed to the Olubadan palace to show the king what they had done to me before I was eventually taken to the hospital.
“My removal was illegal because I was never informed, called or even showed any evidence or petition written against me before the news filtered around town.
“Although, I would be willing to abide by whatever decision or judgment of the court, but I have decided to challenge my removal in the court to prove that if indeed there are evidences of wrong doings against me, I would have been summoned to the palace, stripped of me title and my certificate of title conferment withdrawn from me, but that was not to be.

Meanwhile, two of the suspected thugs that attacked the deposed Baale were yesterday granted bail after the arraignment, Thursday.


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