A major crisis was averted over the weekend as operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and supporters of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, had ana altercation at the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun.
The incident, which caused panic in the neighborhood, occurred after the Yoruba Nation rally at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, where Igboho addressed the participants.
After the rally, Igboho and his men reportedly paid the Ataoja of Osogbo a courtesy.
Trouble, however, started when Igboho and his men were exiting the palace, as a DSS operative accused of trailing the group was manhandled.
According to The Punch, the DSS operative was guarding his pistol while Igboho’s supporters mobbed him, after he was accused of trailing them.
As that was being resolved, some DSS operatives standing in one corner of the palace were charged at by some supporters of Igboho, who accused them of firing shots inside the palace of the Ataoja.
In the ensuing melee, several gunshots were heard, as Igboho and his supporters left the premises.
Also, a man accused of attempting to write the number plate of the vehicle that brought Igboho to Osogbo was seen being interrogated by unknown person in a video that was circulated on social media.
The man, who gave his name as Olayinka and claimed to be working for the Federal Government, owned up to the allegation that he was caught while attempting to copy the number plate of Igboho’s vehicle.
Meanwhile, organisers of the Yoruba Nation rally have commended all stakeholders for ensuring that the rally held under a peaceful atmosphere.
A statement by the Director General, Kiriji Heritage Defenders, Dr Ademola Ekundayo, on Sunday, said: “The good reception that the rally enjoyed in midst of average indigenes of the state is a strong signal that this ship of the Yoruba Nation has taken off.”