The battle for the chieftaincy title of Baale of Olode in Ibadan got
messier at the weekend as some suspected hoodlums pounced on Chief
Lukman Ilufemiloye Alao, who was recently deposed by the Olubadan of
Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, his wife and children and beating them to
The chief, who was rushed to the Adeoyo Medical Hospital,
Ibadan for treatment after the beating had challenged the decision
taken by Olubadan in court saying it was unfair as he claimed he didn’t
do anything to warrant his removal from office.
The injured community ruler who also had his Lexus Sports Utility Van
vandalised recounted his ordeal on his hospital bed saying he had gone
to Olode village to tell his subjects that he had a court injunction
he got challenging his removal when the thugs descended on him and his
The chief said the thugs whom he couldn’t count chased him with many
motorcycles and eventually caught up with his car because of the bad
road and gave him the beating of his life.
“Apart from my car that was vandalised, they collected N150, 000 cash I
had on me, my gold necklace, wristwatch, gold ring and my shoes.
“I had gone to the community, where I reside to paste a court injunction
I got challenging my illegal removal as Baale when thugs started
chasing my car.
“They started the chase from Fatusi but my car broke down and they
pounced on me, my wife and younger brother who were with me in the car.
“We were beaten but because I was the target, I was heavily beaten.
My car was damaged, the N150,000 cash in my pocket was stolen.
My gold necklace, ring and wristwatch were also stolen.
“I was thereafter rushed to the Olubadan’s palace to show the king what they had done to me before I was taken to the hospital.
“My removal was illegal because I was never informed, called or even
showed any evidence or petition written against me before the news
filtered around town.
“Although, I would be willing to abide by whatever judgment the court
gives, but I have decided to challenge my removal in court to prove that
if indeed there are evidences of wrong doings against me,
I would have been summoned to the palace, stripped of my title and my
certificate of title conferment withdrawn from me, but that was not the
Meanwhile, two of the suspected thugs who allegedly attacked the
deposed Baale were arraigned in magistrate court, Iyaganku and granted
According to the charge sheet marked MC/43C/2017, the two accused
persons were arraigned on a-four-count charge of conspiracy and assault.