Soldiers take over Ondo community

By Osagie Otabor, Akure

Soldiers have taken over the Ikare Akoko community in Ondo State over a leadership crisis that led to the destruction of cars and houses.

The recent crisis that began on Monday was the outcome of the cold war between two monarchs in the community, the Olukare and the Owa Ale.

Olukare of Ikare, Oba Oba Akadiri Saliu Momoh, had in January dethroned Chief Idowu Ogunye as Olokoja of Okoja, and appointed one Chief Sunday Bada as the new Olokoja.

Oba Momoh had cited absenteeism from meetings, disloyalty and refusal to obey his directives as reasons for dethroning Chief Ogunye.

The crisis that erupted in the community was over who has the right to summon a meeting of Okoja.

Chief Bada, in a statement, said he called the usual communal gathering as custodian of Okoja tradition and native law but hoodlums disrupted the meeting.

Bada, whose house was destroyed during the fracas, accused Chief Ogunye of causing trouble in the community…

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