Wife of the Apeju of Ilupeju Ekiti, Olori Tolu Oniyelu, yesterday, relayed her ordeal in the hands of hoodlums allegedly hired by one of the aggrieved members of the community to protest the installation of an unpopular candidate as a chief in the town.
Crisis erupted in the town, Friday, when some aggrieved youths took to the streets in protest over installation of the third in command to the monarch, Mr Israel Ojo, whom they described as imposition against a popular candidate, Mr Amos Aseperi.
She, however, debunked the rumour that her husband imposed Mr. Israel Ojo on the town, saying the traditional council set up a committee which asked the next ruling house to produce a candidate to be installed as the new Olugbosu.
Olori who spoke in Ado Ekiti, disclosed that Ojo was confirmed as the rightful candidate by the panel and the traditional rites had been performed on him.
According to her, trouble started on Friday as an unnamed chief in the town installed Aseperi, an ex-soldier, as Olugbosu.
She added that Aseperi, after his installation, mobilised some ex-soldiers, armed with guns and danced round the town. Olori Tolu added that Aseperi later danced to the palace with his followers and met Kabiyesi and the chiefs holding a meeting.
According to her, he asked Kabiyesi to bless him which was a great insult. The monarch refused and the ex-soldiers who followed Aseperi to the palace started shooting in the air and destroying parts of the palace.
“They hit my nose with a gun butt and I started bleeding. When I questioned him he told his supporters that he did not send them to injure me.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said although normalcy had been restored to the town, policemen were still there to ensure that hoodlums did not foment trouble again.