Peace has returned to Agbado-Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State as the residents have accepted the leadership of the Regent, Princess Bolaji Oke Okunbobade.
The princess was appointed Regent shortly after her father, the late Owa Ooro of Agbado-Ekiti, Oba Dare Okunbobade III joined his ancestors few months ago.
But angry interest groups in the community staged a violent protest and chased the Regent out of the palace, alleging that her enthronement and ascension did not follow due process.
Following intervention by representatives of the state government, local government and Council of Obas, the Regent has been welcomed back to the palace.
Princess Okunbobade yesterday supervised the relocation of the community’s market to Ijarun Quarters, one of the traditional rights performed after the demise of a reigning Oba.
The indigenes also joined the Regent for special service at Emmanuel Anglican Church and St. Paul’s Catholic Church in the community as a mark of her acceptance and return of peace.
Princess Okunbobade thanked the people of the town for allowing peace to reign after the crisis that erupted consequent upon the demise of his father.
She called on the state government to give the community amenities like good road, potable water and relief materials to owners of over 100 houses recently destroyed by rainstorm.
The traditional prime minister, Chief Temitope Ajayi, said there is no crisis again in Agbado with the Regent’s occupation of the palace which the community has accepted.
The Aro of Agbado, Chief Martin Odeluyi, expressed delight for the new found peace in the community. He praised the state government, local government and Obas’ Council for their roles in the return of peace.
The community youth leader, Mr. Adeola Odesanmi, advised the youths to refrain from violence, urging them to cooperate with the Regent to develop their hometown.
Vicar in charge of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Thomas Adebisi, called on Agbado indigenes to live together in love, peace and harmony for their hometown to witness development.