- Ohanaeze has raised an eyebrow at the coordinated attack on Oba Rilwan Akiolu's palace by suspected hoodlums
- The socio-political group, in a statement, described the incident as highly regrettable and unfortunate
- Ohanaeze said the attack which saw the staff of office stolen amounted to "mindless desecration of the exalted throne"
Apex socio-political group in the southeast, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the hoodlums' attack on the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
In a statement on Sunday, October 25, signed by the body's national deputy president, Kingsley Dozie and national publicity secretary, Osmond Nkeoma, Ohanaeze described the attack as unfortunate and regrettable.
Legit.ng notes that this is coming amid different ethnically-colourised conspiracy theories making rounds that the attack was carried out by Igbos to whittle down the economic power of the southwest.
Part of the statement read:
"We equally condemn the attacks of hoodlums on the palace of Oba of Lagos, taking away his staff of office and leaving behind them flames of fire on the palace.
“This amounts to mindless desecration of the exalted throne of the Oba and the traditions of the land.”
Ohanaeze also sent a solidarity message to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over wanton destruction of private and public facilities.
The group also berated a Yoruba coalition which claimed that the attack was marshalled by the Igbo youths in Lagos state.
It would be recalled that the Oba's palace, located at Iga Idugaran area of Lagos Island, was attacked by hoodlums who vandalised vehicles and carted away several artefacts.
The attackers seized the king's staff of office commonly referred to as ‘Opa Ase’ with reports saying that the same thugs were the ones who set the family home of the Lagos governor ablaze.
The hoodlums were said to have claimed that the king is a politician and deserved to be punished for the woe of the state and country at large.
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central, has urged those who stole the office staff of Lagos state monarch to return it.
In a tweet on Friday, October 23, the former lawmaker urged the hoodlums who took away the staff to respect the sanctity of the throne.
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