Ooni disowns online self acclaim son, asks security operatives to arrest suspect - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Ooni disowns online self acclaim son, asks security operatives to arrest suspect

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has disown an individual claiming on social media to be his son.

A video went viral on social media with a grown man claiming to be a son of the monarch, who was living in affluence with his mother but was tired of living in obscurity.

The man threatened in the video to storm the palace in two weeks, if the Ooni refused to make public his (stranger's) identity to the palace, to reclaim his rightful place.
Reacting to the development through a statement issued by his spokesperson, Moses Olafare, the palace described the claim of the said individual as shameless and condemnable.

The statement also described the said person as a fraudulent individual whose claim is meant to exploit the revered status of the monarch and to achieve illegal personal gains.

While calling on the security operatives, especially the Police and the DSS to investigate the matter with a view to bringing the individual to book, the statement added that said the person was unknown to the palace neither is he related to Ogunwusi or any royal family in the town.

It reads partly, "It is imperative to clarify that the Ooni of Ife, as a responsible father and custodian of tradition, knows and acknowledges all his children and stops at nothing to take full responsibilities over them(both those who are in Nigeria and outside the country).

"As all of Ooni's children are well known to the palace and the people of Ile-Ife, the eldest child of the Ooni is Princess Adeola Ogunwusi, a Master Degree holder working and residing in Canada, followed by Princess Adewamiwa Ogunwusi who recently relocated to further her education in Dublin, Ireland from where she had come 3 years ago for her secondary school education in her home country Nigeria. 

"Princess Adesewa is doing very well, Prince Tadenikawo Ogunwusi is widely known to be with his mother hale and healthy while the new born twins Prince Adebisi Kehinde and Princess Taiwo Adeayo are being planned to formally make their historic entry into the palace in a couple of days in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Ife Palace.

"We hereby declare with no equivocation that this self acclaimed prince is unknown to the Palace and the Ile-Ife populace. Not only he is not a child of Ooni Ogunwusi as fraudulently claimed, but also never related in any way to any lineage of the Ogunwusi royal family and the Giesi Royal Compound of Ile-Ife at large.

"His marauding impersonation tactics to exploit the revered status of the Ooni of Ife for fraudulent personal gains is not only sacrilegious but also criminal in nature. Impersonation of any member of the royal family is a sacrilege against the sanctity of the palace and the heritage it represents.

"While the Palace leaves no stone unturned to go after this criminal using all possible means to scapegoat him with a view to making him face the law for necessary deterrence, we here urge the law enforcement agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police Force and Department of State Security (DSS), to thoroughly investigate this matter and bring the perpetrator to justice as swiftly as possible.

"In assisting the law enforcement agencies on this project, any individual with useful information pertaining to the whereabouts of this impersonating marauder is implored to cooperate fully with the security authorities or the Ooni's Palace to ensure that justice prevails as such a patriotic whistleblower's identity is well protected in utmost secrecy and handsomely rewarded by the Ooni's palace. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

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