Heavy Security In Ife, As Indigenes Await Announcement Of New King

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There were strong indications yesterday that Osun State government may this week announce the new Ooni of Ife
amidst heavy presence of security operatives around the ancient town.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that as early as 8 am yesterday, news had gone round the town that new Ooni may be
announced, throwing the town into expectant mood and frenzy.

Though late Obalufe, Chief Solomon Omisakin, while addressing the media on the decision of the kingmakers to stick
to the 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration and narrow search for new monarch to only the Giesi Ruling House, inside Ooni’ s palace a little over one month ago, said new monarch would emerge 40 days from then.

But the death of Obalufe, who was the most senior kingmaker and many court cases instituted by the aggrieved parties in the matter had made the projection very unlikely.

However, the insinuation that a new Ooni had been chosen by the kingmakers, only for the state governor to approve yesterday, sparked tension in the town.

Lending credence to the insinuations was the increased presence of security operatives in strategic places across the
town.


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