On October 21, 2020, the palace of Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, was overtaken by suspected thugs. The thugs reportedly broke into the palace situated at Lagos Island despite the presence of soldiers.
They also seized the Oba’s staff of office and vandalised many vehicles in the palace. The staff of office is the symbol of authority of the monarch.
However, it turned out that the looters got more than they bargained for after seizing the Oba’s staff. This is evident from the reactions that trailed the act.
Days after the palace of the Oba was burgled, local priests took to cursing the assailants. In a footage, they were heard invoking the gods to punish the attackers.
Specific reference was made to those who took the monarch’s staff of office (Opa Ase) and other items. Speaking in Yoruba, the man that led the supplication wished the culprits bad luck.
“All the individuals that gathered to steal the king’s staff of office, it shall never be well with them. May every good thing meant for them be redirected”, he said.
The Akinshemoyin ruling house of Lagos Island also condemned, in strong terms, the looting of the traditional and ancestral heritage of Lagos State. In a statement, the ruling house gave a 24-hour ultimatum for the return of the staff.
“The royal house, however, called for the return of the stolen staff of authority to be deposited at the Apena of Lagos within 24 hours or the deviants will face the consequences of their action. A word is enough for the wise.”
“The acts of these elements are sacrilegious, taboo and abomination to the Yoruba race. These nefarious misfits’ conducts could lead to mayhem in the land if not timely checked and tranquillity restored,” the statement added.
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