Nigerians react as Oba of Lagos claims $2m, N17m stolen from his palace during #EndSARS protest

Nigerians react as Oba of Lagos claims $2m, N17m stolen from his palace during #EndSARS protest

- The Oba of Lagos is under fire for claiming hoodlums stole $2 million and N17 million during the #EndSARS protest

- Many Nigerians online wonder why the monarch kept such a huge amount of money at home

- A scan through the majority of the reactions indicate that Nigerians want the monarch to be probed by the EFCC

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The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, claimed on Wednesday, March 3, that the hoodlums that invaded his palace during the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest stole $2 million and N17 million.

The monarch's statement has attracted heated reactions from Nigerians on social media.

Nigerians on social media react as Oba of Lagos claims $2m, N17m stolen from his palace during #EndSARS protest
Nigerians ask EFCC to probe Oba of Lagos after claiming hoodlums stole $2m, N17m from his palace during the #EndSARS protest. Photo credit: @thecableng
Source: Twitter collects some of the reactions below:

A tweep, @DrOlufunmilayo, said:

"The Oba of Lagos said hoodlums stole 2million US Dollars and 17million naira from his palace.
"$2million alone is about 1billion naira. How do you have almost 1billion naira in your house?

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"In a sane country, that man will be in a police station this morning answering questions."

Mazi @FestusGreen, @FestusGreen, said:

"So the Oba of Lagos had almost 1 billion Naira cash, stashed in his palace? Well, he was a police officer for almost 3 decade! Nigeria's redemption is unrealistic. Corruption, our dilemma. #EndSARS"

Ayemojubar, @ayemojubar, said:

"BREAKING: #EndSARS protesters stole $2m, N17m from my palace – Oba of Lagos, Akiolu.
"Where did a king get $2m and N17m? How about the money-filled casket? EFCC your attention is needed."

On Facebook, Francis Nasco Amu said:

"EFCC should arrest this man immediately for breaching the monetary law."

Didi Chinonye said:

"Your palace is now a bank, that you will leave 17million naira. Oba fear God oh."

Alabi Temitope David said:

"Can you imagine? What is that kind amount doing in his palace in first place? Or is it part of Palliative he wanted to distribute? Anyways, dont worry the real owners just carried what initially belong to them?"

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PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news app had earlier reported that the palace of the Oba of Lagos located at Iga Idugaran, Lagos Island, was attacked by hoodlums who vandalised vehicles and carted away several artefacts during the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest.

The attackers seized the king's staff of office commonly referred to as ‘Opa Ase’.

It was reported that the hoodlums who stormed the palace were the same ones who set the family home of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ablaze.


Nurudeen Lawal is a journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_


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