An Ogun State traditional ruler identified as Nureni Oduwaye, has been accused of damaging the eye of one Wasiu Oduwole for allegedly dancing with the queen.
The incident reportedly happened the Moore Blessing Hotel, Ikenne, in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State, where the monarch was said to have kicked the eye of Oduwole during a birthday celebration.
The monarch was at the hotel, alongside his wife and other guests as invitees of the celebrant who was simply identified as Iya Alaje.
The victim has demanded justice, claiming he could no longer see with the eye.
In his narration, the victim said he was contacted by the owner of the hotel, Yakub Omobolanle to prepare catfish pepper soup for the guests attending Iya Alaje’s celebration.
The trader said he had visited the hotel to commence preparation when he realised that the ingredients for the pepper soup were not enough.
“So, I decided to manage the ingredients because the distance of the hotel to the market is far. We were serving the guests when the owner of the hotel and the celebrant approached me and said the guests were complaining that the pepper soup was not well-nourished.
“I told him it wasn’t my fault and that the ingredients were not enough. After I was done with the cooking, I went into the bar, met the owner of the hotel, the celebrant, Iya Alaje, her husband, and a woman, who I never knew was a queen. I started apologising to them and I was told not to worry.
“The celebration was ongoing when the monarch, Nureni Oduwaye, entered. The deejay was playing and everyone was dancing. I was surprised as the celebrant and the queen were singing secular music. I commended them because people of their age and status don’t usually like secular music, let alone knowing the lyrics,” Wasiu said.
The Ogun State indigene said suddenly, the monarch asked him to identify himself and he said he was the younger brother of the owner of the hotel.
Oduwaye, when contacted, said he had visitors and could not talk to our reporter.
“You must come to Shagamu if you want to hear the facts from me,” he added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident.
He said, “The area commander confirmed that the case was reported and that it had been investigated and concluded. He said the case should have been charged to court on Monday but the monarch said he was sick and came in the evening.
“So, he told both parties to come on Wednesday so the matter could be charged to court but the complainant did not show up. If the complainant shows up, we will charge the case to court.”