- The Ooni of Ife has described the report of him visiting the embattled Godwin Emefiele at Kuje prison, as a cheap blackmail
- Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in a statement issued by his aide, said he was at the facility for an advocacy program
- The monarch noted that the program was an initiative of Queen Temitope, one of his wives, in partnership with Kuje prison
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FCT, Abuja - The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has explained the reason for his visit to the Kuje correctional facility (prison).
Ooni of Ife dispels rumors on his visit to Kuje prison
While reacting to speculations that he was at the prison to visit the embattled former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, the monarch said he was at the facility for a program.
In a chat with Vanguard on behalf of the monarch on Wednesday, December 6, his spokesperson, Moses Olafare, said:
"Oba Ogunwusi was at the correctional facility at the instance of a Non-Governmental Organisation, owned by one of his wives, Queen Temitope, Hopes Alive Initiative, HAI, which is on advocacy for the correction centre".
"The intent of those spreading the news was to blackmail the monarch; there is nothing hidden about the event. In any case, the king never met Emefiale because it was an official event organised by the NGO in conjunction with the Kuje Correction Centre," Olafare added.
Ooni of Ife under fire for hosting Real Housewives of Lagos stars
Nigerians took to social media, especially X formerly known as Twitter, to express their opinion on the trending development.
While some saw it as an interesting yet exciting move, others faulted the revered monarch for being too restless in the nation's affairs, therefore questioning his kingship.
"Every woman na witch": Ooni of Ife says
Also, Legit.ng reported that some of the cast of the reality show, RHOL, paid a visit to the monarch in his palace.
One of the queens was there to receive the guests. While addressing the cast of the Real Housewives of Lagos who came to see him, the Ooni of Ife said all women have witchcraft spirits in them. He added that they are all manipulative.
Court grants Godwin Emefiele bail
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, granted N300 million bail.
Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama gave the ruling on Wednesday, November 22
Justice Muazu held that Emefiele should produce two sureties, who must have landed property in the Maitama District of the FCT.
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