The Palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has been razed by a harsh inferno which gutted the house on Wednesday . The inferno razed down about 21 rooms of the ancient palace.
Confirming the incident, the Media Assistant to the monarch, Alhaji Azeez Fehintola, said the fire started around 6am on Wednesday, raging uncontrollably before the arrival of fire fighters about an hour later.
“The fire-fighters came at some minutes past seven and battled it till it was finally put out. Every part of the affected apartments were completely razed. It was a really sad day for the Ayabas because many of their property were destroyed. They keep their monies in the palace. Plasma television sets, jeweleries, clothes, and many other valuables,” Alhaji Fehintola said.
He added that the most affected part of the palace were rooms known as the Ile Ori, Ile Ifa where artifacts and other valuables were stored and also flats of Princess Folasade (Iyaa Meta), Princess Rukayat, and Princess Abibat.
Undisclosed large amount of money was lost in the inferno, though no life was lost or injury recorded in the incident.
However, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi refused to comment on the incident as he was
said not to be in the right mood to entertain any questions.
It was gathered that the fire was ignited from an electrical surge from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.