Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, is claimed to possess returned to his palace on Friday — two months after a mob invasion during the #EndSARS crisis.
In October, there have been demonstrations against police brutality across the country, organized under the #EndSARS campaign.
However, hoodlums had hijacked the protest and launched attacks on various public and personal buildings across the country.
On October 21, 2020, after the #EndSARS protest had degenerated into a crisis in some states including Lagos, a mob had broken into the palace despite the presence of soldiers and attempted to line fire to the premises.
However, military officers intervened and Akiolu was rescued from the palace, while buildings within the premises were vandalized.
Akiolu’s staff of office was also seized, and a young man was later seen during a video on social media, a deed with the item.
The staff of the office was later said to possess been found.
The Lagos council of obas described the invasion as a “sacrilege”, even as other individuals and organizations condemned the attack.
Confirming the Oba’s return after 10 weeks, Oreoluwa Finnish, senior special assistant to the Lagos governor on health, tweeted that the monarch returned to the Iga Idunganran palace on Friday.
She also posted a video on her handle, which showed the normal ruler wearing a mask and dancing — he was also surrounded by persons who seemed to be other titleholders, praise singers, and guards.
“Our daddy is back home… Oba of Lagos, HRM, Alayeluwa Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu’s triumphant entry to Iga Idunganran Palace, today, Friday, 1st January 2021,” a post on Finnih’s handle reads.