The ancient town of Ikere-Ekiti, Ikere Local Government area of Ekiti State was yesterday soaked in apprehension over alleged threats by Governor Ayo Fayose to uproot a ‘sacred’ tree located at the centre of the town to enable ongoing road dualisation.
Construction workers and agents of government made efforts on Monday to remove the tree, but were stopped by aggrived youths and traditionalists who formed a rampaging ring around the area, located at the Odo-Oja end of the town.
Fayose reportedly led armed policemen and operatives of the state security outfit, “Operation Flush” in the heat of the crisis to the area, insisting the tree must be felled.
Addressing reporters at his palace yesterday, the Olukere of Ikere, Oba Ganiyu Ayodele Obasoyin, said cutting down the tree was just another way of pronouncing death sentence on him.
With the Olukere at his palace were the Alare of Are-Ikere, Chief Oguntuase Atitebi and the Elejoka of Iluomoba- Ikere, Chief Benjamin Owolade who both corroborated Obasonyin on the ‘danger’ inherent in removing the tree.