Adeleke warns deposed Osun monarch against organising community festival

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has cautioned the deposed Owa of Igbajo, Oba Adegboyega Famodun, against causing conflict in the community over plans to organise a festival.

It was reported that Adeleke deposed Famodun through a White Paper published in January 2024 and subsequently appointed Oba Ademola Makinde as the new Owa of Igbajo, presenting him with the Staff of Office.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, Adeleke criticised the deposed king’s plans to organize a community festival, warning that it could lead to unrest.

He directed security agencies to take decisive action against any troublemakers attempting to disrupt the peace and security of Igbajo, by some group of people led by Prince Gboyega Famodun through conflicting Oroke festival days.


He said: “Reports at the disposal of the government indicated an attempt by a faction belonging to Mr Famodun to create conflict at Igbajo by fixing a different festival date from the one officially announced by the legal and officially crowned king of Igbajo, Oba Ademola Makinde. This effort is designed to create violence and crisis in the peaceful town of Igbajo.

“As a government, we reiterate that the Monarch of Igbajo today is Oba Ademola Makinde and the May 23rd already fixed for the Oroke Day Festival remains the sacrosanct date for the popular cultural and traditionally significant event.

“In a bid to forestall the breakdown of law and order and in line with my responsibility as the Chief Security Officer of Osun state, I direct security agencies to enforce the holding of the Oroke festival on the official date of May 23rd and to ensure no gathering is held on May 19th set by any other faction.”


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