Ooni disowns alleged son and petitions police about him

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has disowned a man claiming to be his son.

In a viral video that surprised internet users earlier this week, a man, dressed in traditional attire, complete with neck and hand beads, claimed he is the biological son of the monarch. He went as far as threatening the Ooni and gave him a 60-day ultimatum to recognise him as his son.

Ooni disowns alleged son and petitions police about him

The video shocked viewers and started a conversation online.

The Ooni has now responded.

According to a statement released Thursday, May 9, by the palace spokesperson, Moses Olafare, the man in the viral video has been reported to the security agencies for engaging in impersonation.

He stated that the monarch, being a responsible father and custodian of tradition, knew and acknowledged all his children and would stop at nothing to take full responsibility for them.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an amateur video clip featuring a grown-up individual claiming to be a son of our father, Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll, the Ooni of Ife, virally trending across various online platforms.

“The self-acclaimed prince was unknown to the palace and the Ile-Ife populace.

“He is not a child of Ooni Ogunwusi as fraudulently claimed and also never related in any way to any lineage of the Ogunwusi royal family and the Giesi royal compound of Ile-Ife at large.

“We categorically condemn and denounce this shameless act of impersonation in the strongest possible terms.

“It is imperative to clarify that the Ooni of Ife, as a responsible father and custodian of tradition, knows and acknowledges all his children and stops at nothing to take full responsibility for them (both those who are in Nigeria and outside the country).”

All the children of the traditional ruler and their respective locations were also listed by the palace

“As all of Ooni’s children are well known to the palace and the people of Ile-Ife, the eldest child of the Ooni is Princess Adeola Ogunwusi, a Masters degree holder working and residing in Canada, followed by Princess Adewamiwa Ogunwusi, who recently relocated to further her education in Dublin, Ireland, from where she had come three years ago for her secondary school education in her home country, Nigeria.

“Princess Adesewa is doing very well, Prince Tadenikawo Ogunwusi is widely known to be with his mother, hale and hearty while the newborn twins, Prince Adebisi Kehinde and Princess Taiwo Adeayo, are being planned to formally make their historic entry into the palace in a couple of days, in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Ife palace,” it disclosed.

The palace while condemning the marauding impersonation tactics to exploit the revered status of the Ooni of Ife for fraudulent personal gains, added that it was not only sacrilegious but criminal.

“Impersonation of any member of the royal family is a sacrilege against the sanctity of the palace and the heritage it represents.

“While the palace leaves no stone unturned to go after this criminal using all possible means to scapegoat him, with a view to making him face the law for necessary deterrence, we hereby urge the law enforcement agencies, particularly the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to thoroughly investigate this matter and bring the perpetrator to justice as swiftly as possible,” it added.

It asked that any individual with useful information about the whereabouts of the impersonator to seek an audience with the palace or the police.

“We call on the impersonator to refrain from engaging in or promoting such deceptive practices.

“The House of Oduduwa remained committed to preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people and would not tolerate any attempt to undermine or tarnish its legacy through fraudulent means,” the statement concluded.

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