Blast From The Past: Dethronement Looms Large as Oluwo of Iwo’s Criminal Records Surface


Shocking details have emerged to confirm that indeed, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Akanbi was once deported from the US to Nigeria in 1999 after a conviction for aggravated felony – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or both.

The Association of Iwoland Indigenes in Diaspora had petitioned the Osun State Government through their lawyer, Peter Adeosunn in a letter dated June 17, 2020, in which a number of allegations were raised against the monarch, including the fact that Oba Akanbi’s character did not befit a person of his status and calibre as he always moved around with armed thugs, miscreants and hoodlums to harass, intimidate, molest and attack persons whom he perceives as enemies, as well as to call for his dethronement for gross abuse of office.

“Your Excellency, it is our brief as evidenced by various correspondences made available to us by our clients that Oluwo Abdulrasheed Akanbi has been conducting himself in manners which are antithetical to that of a monarch in any clime and very unbecoming of a Yoruba Oba.

“It is therefore disheartening to our clients that the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi (hereinafter referred to as Oba Akanbi), a Yoruba king who is supposed to be the custodian of Iwo culture and values has been misrepresenting the interest of Iwoland and this is becoming rather shameful,” the lawyer wrote to the state governor.