Late Oniru’s children, new oba crisis turns violent
The crisis between the children of the late Oniru of Iruland, Oba Idowu Abiodun; and his successor, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, has degenerated into violent confrontations, The PUNCH has learnt.
The violence, it was learnt, was over the control of some properties in highbrow Oniru, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The PUNCH had reported that following the installation of Lawal as the 15th Oniru last month, the children of the late king continued to maintain control of some of the properties worth billions of naira.
The new king in a statement by his lawyer, Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), subsequently asked all banks housing funds belonging to the royal family to immediately freeze all the accounts of the family.
The new monarch also called on all tenants and lessees to stop transacting with any individual.
It was, however, learnt that the family of the late monarch continued to exercise control over some of the properties, insisting that some of the properties belonged to them and not to the royal family.
Trouble was said to have started early on Sunday when Oba Lawal ordered some palace officials to post public notices on some of the properties under contention.
Some thugs believed to be loyal to one of the sons of the late Oniru, Tijani, was said to have led his own men to beat up those posting the notices on the properties.
A resident said, “On Sunday morning, the new Oniru’s boys went about posting public notices on some of the properties but TJ (Tijani) got his boys to beat them up and chase them away. Later in the day, as TJ was making his way into Millennium Estate, the boys regrouped and beat him up.”
In a short video clip that was uploaded on social media, the palace guards who are clad in black shirts, slap him in the face as he flees into Millennium Estate. Armed policemen are also seen trying to pacify the irate men.