The palace of the Ooni of Ife has described the alleged poisoning of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) dam as absurd and unfounded.
The University’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, had yesterday accused Ife natives of poisoning the only dam supplying water to OAU.
However, the spokesman of Ooni’s palace, Mr. Moses Olafare, in a statement, said the palace received the allegation of dam poisoning by the people of the community with trepidation and bewilderment.
He said, “The allegation is spurious and unfounded. It is an expression of absurdity because how can any reasonable person believe such allegation.
“Both the OAU and Ife community have been living harmoniously together for the past 50 years and such allegation never occurred.
“Come to think of it, let us assume it is true. Where is the university situated? Majority of the students and staff of the university are indigenes of the community and you expect indigenes of the community would want to wipe away their lives.
“We, as a palace, are very furious to read in the newspapers and in the online media that our people poisoned water in the university. It is very absurd.”
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