By Bisi Oladele, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has removed the Baale of Lagelu Agboke in Ido Local Government, Chief Saheed Alatise.
A statement by the Personal Assistant and Director of Media to the Olubadan, Adeola Oloko, on Monday said Alatise has been embroiled in several crises since he was installed in 2017.
It said the sack took immediate effect.
The statement said the Olubadan-in-Council took the decision following “persistent complaints over his conduct and gross violation of Ibadan customs and traditions.”
It said the council unanimously decided and recommended his removal to the Olubadan during their meeting at the Olubadan Palace, Popoyemoja, Ibadan on Monday.
The Council noted that while the removed Baale had been accused of one allegation or the other over the past one year, his continued refusal to defend himself was an act of contumely against the Olubadan and is punishable under Ibadan Customs and Traditions.
It reads in part: “Part of the allegations leveled against the removed Baale is that he falsely presented himself for chieftaincy installation as Baale Aboke when he is not a male child of the family.
“In a letter written by members of Lagelu Aboke family of Ibadan to Olubadan-in-Council and signed by Ganiyu Oladokun Okerinu Aboke (Family Head); Tiamiyu Lamidi Okerinu Aboke (Baale) and the secretary of the family, it was stated that Saheed Alatise who hails from Agbede Adodo, Ibadan cannot honestly represent Lagelu Aboke family of Idi-Ishin Compound, Beere, Ibadan.
“They stated further that “besides, we members of the Aboke family, Ibadan do not approve of the conduct of Saheed Alatise as his conduct as Baale runs contrary to the counsels often given to chiefs before their installation as Baale.”