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Violence in Lagos palace as Prince, officials tango, monarch reacts + video

The Oniru of Iru Kingdom, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, has reiterated his stance against any form of violence, lawlessness and recourse to self-help.

Oba Lawal’s stance, which was contained in a statement issued from his media office on Monday, was sequel to the “regrettable” incidence within the Oniru Estate neighbourhood close to Millennium Estate Gates, which culminated in an altercation between some officials of the Oniru’s palace and a group led by one Prince Tijani Oniru.

The statement noted that reports had it that the team of palace officials, led by one Prince Murisiku Ajasa, was allegedly accosted by the said Prince Tijani Oniru and some other persons while they were on a routine inspection to supervise work being done by an inventory and enumeration group from the palace.

According to the statement, in the ensuing heated argument, it was alleged that the said Prince Oniru slapped the leader of the palace officials who was also similarly alleged to have retaliated before the Police quickly intervened to prevent further escalation.

The statement said: “The Oniru of Iruland HRM Oba Abdul Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, has been formally notified of this incident, and he has immediately ordered an investigation into both the incident and the conduct of the Palace officials.

“His Majesty has repeatedly stated that he would not tolerate or condone any acts of violence, lawlessness and recourse to self-help.”

The statement further noted that the Oniru has ordered the suspension of the official involved in the incident pending further investigation by the Divisional Police Officer of Area J and the Area Commander, just has he enjoined all parties to desist from all forms of violence but rather uphold peace, law and order.

The statement added: “Notwithstanding the provocative affront to the authority of the Oniru and desecration of tradition, the Oniru warned Palace officials to remain emotionally stable in the discharge of their duties, even in the face of provocation. In addition, he sees no reason or excuse for violence in Iru Land. Consequently, Kabiyesi has directed the Palace Administrator to immediately suspend the official involved in the incident pending full investigation.

“His Majesty enjoins all parties to desist from all forms of violence and uphold peace, law and order.”

According to the statement, the Oniru restated his commitment to allow the law of the land to take it full course in this incident despite the palace administrative actions that have been taken so far, while awaiting the outcome of investigation currently being undertaken by the Office of the Police Area Commander Area J and the Divisional Police Officer of the Maroko Area.

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