Osagie Otabor, Akure
THERE is tension in Ikare community as the Olukare of Ikare Akoko in Akoko North East Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Akadiri Momoh, has officially announced the death of a rival monarch, Oba Samuel Adegbite Adedoyin, who died last Tuesday.
In a letter by the Olukare to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to inform him and the public of the death of Owa Ale, he referred to the late Adedoyin as an “High Chief”.
Oba Momoh, in the letter in which the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the chairman of the Akoko North East were copied, said the late traditional chief died at the age of 85.
The letter reads: “I wish to convey to you the death of one my high chiefs in Ikare Akoko to wit: The Ale, the Quarters Chief for Iyometa Quarters, High Chief Samuel Adegbite Adedoyin.
“High Chief Adegbite Adedoyin was appointed by my forefather, Oba Amusa Momoh III, in 1972, at the Olukare’s palace. He became a regent in 1976 after the death of Oba Amusa Momoh III.
“He died at the age of 85 on September 1.
“The above is expedient considering the tradition and custom of Ikare Akoko, to formally bring this to the notice of the public and the government.
“I rely on your cooperation and I assure you of my highest regards.”
But the regent of Owa-Ale of Ikare-Akoko appointed to oversee traditional affairs of the community pending the selection of a new king, Princess Aderinsola Olabisi Adedoyin, said the contents of the letter by the Olukare was strange.
Princess Adedoyin is the first daughter of the late Owa-Ale. She relocated from abroad to be installed as regent after the death of her father.
She said: “That letter is strange to the tradition of Ikare, as the government and people of Ikare recognise Owa-Ale as the traditional ruler of Ikare from time immemorial.
“No past Owa-Ale has ever been appointed by the Olukare. It was Owa-Ale that used to appoint Olukare as his chief in post-colonial times. The Olukare family is warned to desist from any act that will breach the peace of the community.”
Traditional rites for the late monarch are still on.