Few days after his palace was allegedly razed by youths from the neighbouring community, the traditional ruler of Ude in Akure North local government, Oba Adewale Boboye, has again lost his new abode.
Oba Boboye fled his palace at Ude following the crisis that trailed a land dispute between his community and Isinigbo, the neighbouring community.
He was attacked after reportedly destroying some houses in Isinigbo as he claimed an Akure High Court awarded judgement in his favour as the owner of some lands in Isinigbo.
According to an eyewitness, Oba Boboye and his family members scaled the fence of his new abode to avoid being killed by the invaders who shot sporadically into the air.
The eye witness who gave his name as Ayodeji Agbebi, said the hoodlums arrived in the community around 12 midnight and started shooting at the building which Oba Boboye relocated to after his palace was burnt last week.
Agbebi said it was security operatives who arrived the community around 3am that chased the hoodlums away.
Oba Boboye who spoke later spoke to journalists from his hideout said the crisis began after the court judgement which ruled in his favour over the ownership of the land between the two communities.
He claimed he has been attacked more than five times over the judgement.
“I want the IGP and other security agencies to order investigation into this. This is a clear case of arson, intimidation and attempt to kill me and wipe out my family
“I was first hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, in 2017 after some hoodlums invaded my palace and injured me over the matter.
“We escaped again from these assailants for the fifth time. I was attacked last week too while my palace was set ablaze and my property destroyed.
“I have met with the people over the judgement on the land and given them some terms which they agreed but they had to turn back against the agreed conditions.
“We asked those who have developed their lands to pay N100,000 while those who have not develop their lands to pay N150,000, which the parties agreed to.
“I don’t know why they decided to turn against the initial agreement, they have destroyed all my property, my vehicles, and other valuables.
“This is the only cloth left on me. There’s is no place to sleep and all my family are scattered across the state.
“I want to call on the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to come to my aid before they kill me and my family members,” the monarch said.
Confirming the incident, the Ondo State Police Command spokesman, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, said the command is on top of the matter.
He said officers from the command have been deployed to the community to maintain law and order, noting that the command responded swiftly to a distress call from the community when hoodlums invaded the area.
He explained that the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami has met with the two warring sides and asked them to settle their differences amicably.