Several eyewitnesses told Saharareporters that some courageous youngsters prevented the rogue oba’s escape, but that officers of the Nigerian police ran to rescue him as the angry youth vandalized one of his cars.
The police contingent escorted the Oba to safety, claiming that his hideous assault on his wife was a domestic affair between husband and wife. The police guided him into the safety of his well-fortified palace a few meters away.
The battered woman is currently admitted at State Specialist Hospital in Akure across from her house. “I find it difficult to believe that a man who called himself a traditional ruler would inflict this kind of bodily harm on another person,” said a nurse who is involved in treating the Oba’s estranged wife.
One source said that law enforcement officials took a statement from the battered woman but told her they were powerless to help her or prosecute her batterer.
The pictures tell the savage story.