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“Help Me, I Need Justice” – Cook Cries Out Over Attempt By Ogun Monarch To Evade Justice



A cook, Oduwole Wasiu, has cried out to the public over an alleged attempt by Oba Nureni Oduwaye, a traditional ruler in Ogun State, to evade justice in an incident he had with the traditional ruler.

Oba Oduwaye had allegedly kicked and blinded the eye of the cook for dancing with his queen.

The incident, according to the victim, happened on September 21, 2022, during a birthday celebration at Moore Blessing Hotel, Ikenne, in Sagamu Local Government Area of the State

The monarch, his queen, alongside other guests, were said to have been invited by the celebrant, identified simply as Iya Alaje.

According to Wasiu, before the celebration commenced, the owner of the hotel, Yakub Omobolanle, contracted him to prepare 14 plates of catfish pepper soup for the guests.

Wasiu, who is also a 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.

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“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.

He claimed that Oduwaye angrily left for his car, adding that the hotel owner and the husband of the celebrant ran after him, but Iya Alaje’s husband returned and instructed him to apologise to the monarch.

Wasiu said, “The queen was even asking what I did wrong, but for the sake of peace, I went to apologise to him. When I got to where he was, I started begging him. I told him I was informed that he was annoyed because I was dancing with his queen and said I did not dance with her.

“As I was attempting to lie down to continue begging, he used his leg to kick my left eye. The injury in my eye was so severe that I was rushed to a nearby hospital from where I was transferred to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.

“The monarch only checked on me once and as I am speaking to you, I can no longer see with my left eye. I am blind in my left eye.

“The case was reported at the Area Command, Sagamu, but nothing was done because the police refused to carry out an investigation. The incident happened on September 21, 2022; I want justice.”

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Wasiu who hinted that his lawyers have instituted a case against Oduwaye and the Magistrates’ Court in Sagamu, has fixed October 19, 2022, for the hearing of the matter, appealed to relevant authorities, activists and all Nigerians to help him secure justice.

Wasiu’s sister also decried how the monarch has been using his influence to get the law to support him.

According to her, Oduwaye, with the help of the Sagumu Area Commander, initiated a suit against the victim without serving him a notice and was granted bail by the court without their knowledge.

She said their lawyers have begun an investigation to unravel the petition the Monarch filed and why he was granted bail by the court.

Wasiu’s sister noted that the ‘unremorseful’ Monarch took the step after he had offered to pay him off when the matter was made public.

On Wasiu’s treatment, she said “he is currently at home, but still goes for his medical appointment at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu. He has been discharged since it was confirmed that he can no longer see with the eye. The eye still causes him severe pain.”

She further noted that the incident has also put a hold on his means of livelihood, saying “he has been warned to stay away from flames which are core to his business of barbeque, pepper soup and so on.”

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