The news was everywhere yesterday, February 21, 2020, that the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, the king who allegedly punched another King,
Agbowu of Ogbagbaa, Oba Dhirulahi Akinropo, during a peace meeting to resolve a land tussle, was suspended for 6 months by the Osun State Traditional Rulers’ Council.
The council meeting which was chaired by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, also set up a committee to further investigate issues involving the Oluwo of Iwo and the Obas in Iwo kingdom. The committee is headed by the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Adedotun.
However, later that day, Oluwo of Iwo issued a press statement via his Instagram account to debunk the claims saying that the monarchs only recommended that he should be suspended and the recommendation is subject to the state government’s approval.
He said the recommendation did not suspend him as the Oluwo of Iwo but recommended his suspension from the council meetings and activities for six months on the guise that his conduct has “been too flashy, stylish, human rights defender and swagging”.
According to the Monarch, the council meeting was to investigate whether he punched another King and at the end of the meeting, primary witnesses including the AIG zone II and government officials attested there was no punching except altercation.
He said: “We came to address the allegation of beating another King. How do my conducts affect another monarch? Must I toe the same path with other monarchs?
“The pronouncement itself is subject to the approval of the state government. The council has no constitutional right to suspend another king from its monthly meeting unless approved by the state government.
“Oluwo was never suspended. The suspension reported in the media is just from the monthly council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government.”
Here is another Instagram post the Oluwo of Iwo shared debunking his 6 months suspension
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I Was Not Suspended – Oluwo The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has described as political his purported suspension from Osun State Traditional Council meeting held today in Osogbo, the state capital. Oluwo said the point given by the council was porous, lacking logic and do not portray the revered traditional council in good light as they refused to address the allegation that he punched a monarch. Oba Akanbi said any suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting is subject to the approval of the state government. He described the suspension as audio, stating it is unprofessional of the respected Osun State traditional council meeting to make such pronouncement without the approval of the state government. Reacting through a statement issued by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said the argument for the suspension was out of context, saying the reason the emergency meeting was summoned by the council was not addressed. Oluwo said he was surprised to note that his purported suspension for his conduct against certain traditional rulers is strange to the traditional institution and should not stand. He expressed disappointment that traditional council could be turned to an avenue of playing politics. He stated the highest level of injustice is for the council to say i was rude to the same Ooni who presided over a meeting where they said I was suspended. "I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government. It is sad to note that Osun State traditional council could be so political. They said I was rude to Alake, Ooni and Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting. If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council" "We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials presence came to the meeting as witnesses and gave account that I didn't beat any Oba.