The Oluwo of Iwo, Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has dismissed the six-month suspension handed to him by the Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers over alleged assault.
Mr Akanbi in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Alli Ibrahim, and made available to reporters on Friday evening, said his suspension is ‘political’.
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how the Osun council of obas met for three hours in Osogbo and suspended Mr Akanbi.
The meeting was presided by the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
The Orangun of Ila Orangun, Wahab Adedotun, was quoted as saying: “Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi has been suspended for six months”.
The council also alleged that Mr Akanbi’s ‘indecent acts’ to some monarchs, including the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi; Alake of Egbaland and the Ooni of Ife necessitated his suspension.
Mr Akanbi, in his reaction, said his purported suspension ”is strange to the traditional institution, book of history and will never stand”.
“The highest level of injustice is for the council to say I was rude to the same Ooni who presided over a meeting where they said I was suspended.
“I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government.
“If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council. It is just an audio pronouncement and an insult to the state government without consultation by the council,” he said.
He also gave further insight into the controversy.
“We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials presence came to the meeting as witnesses and gave an account that I didn’t beat any Oba. Maybe because the truth from the witnesses didn’t go with their expectation, they hatched unfounded excuse to make an audio suspension.
“It is pure political (politics) and there are many things attached but we keep mute to see how far this will stand.”
PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Oluwo last Friday allegedly assaulted the Agboowu of Ogbaagba, Dhikrulahi Akinropo, over a land dispute in Iwo land.
The assault reportedly took place at the office of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police, Zone 11, in Osogbo.
While the meeting was ongoing, Mr Akanbi allegedly stood up from where he was sitting and ‘descended’ on Mr Akinropo which led to him being rushed to the hospital.
Mr Akanbi has denied assaulting his colleague.