Former governor of Oyo state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and ex-SSG, Barrister Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli and others escaped unhurt Monday when some suspected gunmen numbering about seven (7) attacked the Popoyemoja Palace of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji.
Alli who is also the Asiwaju Balogun of Ibadanland, though was unhurt when the gunmen shot his car (a black land crusier jeep with registration EPE 447 ER) several times Three journalists ( Femi Atoyebi (Punch), Demola Babalola ( ThisDay), and Jeremiah Oke ( Daily Trust) were not so lucky as they sustained various degrees of injuries on their legs, heads arms ,and fingers. The trio and their colleagues had gone to the palace to cover the installation of some Baales by the Olubadan. The three journalists were just arriving at the gate of the palace when they were caught in the gunfire. They were said to have taken refuge in the gutter in front of the palace for about 10 minutes until the gunmen sped off towards Molete end of Popoyemoja. Their cloths were also toured while running to save their lives. Though the identity of the gunmen were not known, it was gathered that the gunmen who rode in a black Toyota sienna car attacked the palace at about 11.45am. A source said they had gone to the palace to prevent the installation by the Olubadan. Also attacked during the sporadic shooting is one Alhaja Iyabo Adeyemi whose car, a Black Honda Accord with registration number GGB 690 CU was damaged. Other occupants of the car also sustained injuries. Scores of sympathisers who stormed the palace after the incident, expressed shock on the development. They however thanked God no lives were lost. But the attack did not prevent the installation of the new Baales by the Olubadan. Those installed are Chief Saheed Adeyemi Alatise who was installed as Baale Lagelu Aboke Village and Chief Taye Makinde Aikomo who emerged as Baale Adigun Village. Present at the event are former Governor of the state and the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja; Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and Iyalode of Ibadanland Chief Aminat Abiodun. Others are Mogaji Abduljeleel Adanla (Mogaji Adanla), Mogaji Abass Oloko (Mogaji Oloko) among others.