Alleged sale of Osun goddess sparks crisis in Osogbo

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PIC 18. ARUGBA OSUN AND HER ENTOURAGE ENROUTE OSUN GROOVE DURING
THE OSUN OSOGBO FESTIVAL WHICH WAS ROUNDED OFF IN OSOGBO ON
FRIDAY (26-8-11).

The ancient city of Osogbo is in the spotlight over the alleged disappearance of Osun deity.

The controversy generated by the alleged sale of Osun goddess is compounded by the recent removal of the Baba Osun and the Iya Osun, the male and female custodians of the deity, allegedly by the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun.

SINA FADARE, who visited the city, reports that there is more to the issue than meets the eye.

Chief Adigun Olayiwola Olosun, the man who blew the whistle over the sacrilegious act, had alleged that the missing deity was sold to some people. His allegation followed a call he claimed to have received from a man in Lomé, Togo, confessing that they bought the goddess from a tall woman called Iya Osun in alleged active connivance with Oba Olanipekun, in the sum of N15 million.

The call, Adigun said, was necessitated by the difficulty those who took the deity away were having in putting it in the aircraft that would fly it to Europe where it was billed for sale. In the bid to get out of the quagmire, their accomplices in Osogbo had to avail the buyers with Adigun’s phone number so they could contact him for possible solution, particularly as the goddess was said to have become angry, appearing to them in dreams and demanding that she be returned to the Osun temple.

In a bid to retrieve the deity, Adigun agreed to meet with the caller from Togo in Ibadan, where it was revealed that the deal was allegedly masterminded by the ousted Arugba (the deity’s calabash bearer).  Thereafter, he took possession of the deity after their N15 million was refunded.

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