The Oyo State Government has said that a traditional ruler has been suspended for his alleged link with illegal miners.
In a statement on Friday, the Oyo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Dotun Oyelade, said the traditional ruler of Ido town in Ido Local Government Area of the state, Oba Gbolagade Babalola (Gbadewolu I), was suspended by Governor Seyi Makinde.
He also said the state government took the step to send signals to those aiding and abetting criminals within their territory that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to the commissioner, the Onido of Ido was suspended because of an intelligence report linking him to illegal miners in the local government area, before adding that all options are on the table regarding the possibility of Onido being dethroned when an investigation is concluded.
“In the light of our recent experience and the government’s daily efforts to rid our land of criminals, we are sending the signal to all like-minded elements to vacate our zone or be caught and brought to justice,” he stated.
On the issue of the possibility of Onido being dethroned when an investigation is concluded, the commissioner said, “All options are on the table.”
This is coming barely three weeks after an explosion rocked Adeyi Avenue, Old Bodija, in Ibadan, the state capital, linked to the storage of explosives in a residential area, killing five and injuring seventy-seven people.