BY IBRAHIM KILANI
The sleepy town of Ifira Akoko in Akoko South East local government area of Ondo state was rocked by a protest on Tuesday over the selection of a new monarch to occupy the stool of Olifira of Ifira.
The stool became vacant about two years ago when the then monarch, Oba Anthony Olugboja who reigned for almost ten years joined his ancestors.
Positive FM gathered that the selection process had been delayed due to litigation but was finally settled at the court of appeal Akure.
Youths in the community however staged a peaceful protest on Tuesday following what they alleged imposition of a candidate on the community.
The youths who spoke with Positive FM alleged that an individual whom they claimed did not understand their dialects, culture and traditions was about being imposed as the town’s monarch by some king makers.
They carried placards with various inscriptions and vowed not to allow the kingmaker to foist any unpopular candidate on them.
Security sources in Akoko Southeast confirmed that a selection was carried out on Tuesday with all security agents on ground.
Efforts to speak with the head of the ruling house said to have produced the candidate, Mr Amodu Balogun from Iremu quarters or any security agent were unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.