Palace not burnt, Ooni allays fears, says minor fire incident was put off
By Samuel Ogunsona
The historic Palace of the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, was not burnt, the spokesperson for the royal family has said.
In a statement made available to Irohinoodua,Director of Media and Public Affairs,Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare,
said 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.
He said “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.”
Accorsing to him, 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,” the royal family said
Olafare said the ancient Palace of Ife remains as rich as before in culture, traditions and tourism.