UPDATED: Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Enitan Reacts To Fire Outbreak At His Palace

VOICE AIR MEDIA understands one of the buildings in the palace of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi in Osun State, southwest Nigeria has been gutted by fire.

The fire at the Ile-Oodua palace of the Ooni of Ife started this Wednesday afternoon inside a location in the palace, a source in the palace told  Newsmen.


Meanwhile, when the Administrative Officer of Osun State Fire Service, Fatai Aremu, was contacted, he confirmed the incident, saying his men are on ground to put off the fire.

It was gathered that with the intervention of men of the fire service has prevented the spread of the fire to other buildings in the palace.

Oni's Reaction
The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has reacted to a fire outbreak which allegedly caught a building within the palace premises.

In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the monarch described the occurrence as minor.

“The Palace of the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, wishes to inform the entire public that a minor fire outbreak involving a tiny part of one of the administrative buildings within the premises of the palace occurred at about 1:15pm today, Wednesday 19th, August 2020, leaving no harm to the oldest palace in Yoruba land.

“The minor inferno which lasted for about 20 minutes was immediately put out by collective efforts of people in the palace led by the Ooni’s Chief Security, Kolawole Emmanuel, later joined by men of the fire services from the state government, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife..


“Aside from the fact that there was no causality whatsoever, the fire was just a minor occurrence which was nothing to be compared to the misleading huge pictures being painted in the media, particularly the social media.

“While it is suspected to have emanated from an electric spark, measures are currently in place to reveal the cause of the inferno.

“We wish to thank men of the Osun State Fire service, Obafemi Awolowo University Fire Service and OAUTH Fire Service for their swift response, while efforts of well meaning Nigerians who reached out to the Palace for objective analysis are equally appreciated.

“Once again, the ancient Palace of Ife remains as rich as before in culture, traditions and tourism.” the Statement read.

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