DOWNFALL OF SANGO
Later in the reign (7th year) of Sango, he had two generals: Timi Agbale Olofa-ina who could shoot arrows of fire, and Gbonka who was equally powerful. After they disobeyed his direct order not to match on Owu in battle, Sango followed Oya’s advice to get rid of the two generals, and sent them to govern the border towns of his Empire. Timi obeyed and left for Ede, but Gbonka stayed back in Oyo to pose further treats. In a scheme to destroy them both, Sango sent Gbonka to Ede to capture Timi where he believed they would both destroy one another.
However, Gbonka succeeded in subduing Timi, and Sango believing that the match in Ede was stage-managed asked for a re-match in Oyo.
Gbonka defeated Timi again, but despite this victory, Sango still ordered that he should be burnt to ashes. Mysteriously however, Gbonka re-appeared after three days, giving Sango an ultimatum to vacate the throne for his infidelity. Sango angrily requested for his Edun-Ara from Oya, He found it wet and stained with blood from her period.
He left the palace to a high rock facing the palace to re-affirm the potency of his thunderbolt. The thunder he created stroke the palace and burnt it down.
Oba and Osun; after losing everything to the inferno, left the palace angrily blaming one another for allowing Oya such access to Sango and fearing for their lives, returned to their homelands, Osun to Igede and Oba to Igbon, where they were immortalised into Rivers by their people. Oya on her part, after hearing of Sango’s death went back to the forest in Nupeland where she had been betrothed to him and possibly drowned herself, heartbroken, in the River Niger which was later named after her.
At the fire disaster caused by Sango, which extended to large parts of the city, groups started to riot, cursing Sango and demanding his removal from the throne.
Heartbroken, he left the City followed by chiefs and members of his royal cult known as Baba-Mogba who tried to persuade him not to leave. However, after journeying with him for some time, these chiefs deserted him as they approached an Ayan tree at Koso, returning to Oyo with the news that the king had hanged himself.
But another story told by the few Chiefs of the Baba-Mogbas who did not abscond was that Sango was attacked by Gbonka.
However, Sango unwilling to fight varnished into thin air, only to appear in the sky to destroy both Gbonka, and those peddling the rumors that he had hanged himself – Hence the popular saying OBAKOSO OR OLUKOSO meaning the king did not hang
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