The Olu of Agodo in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Joseph Ayinde Odetola, has been reportedly murdered by some hoodlums, who invaded the town. He was murdered alongside three of his sons.
It was gathered that the monarch and his aides were assassinated and burnt as soon as they entered the town around 11:00 a.m. It is believed that the attack is as a result of the crisis surrounding the choice of a ruler in the community.
The crisis began in the community after the late monarch, who was from the Ake dynasty, was chosen as the traditional ruler of the community, but the Owu people allegedly insisted that anybody from Ake would not be their king.
One of the late monarch’s sisters, Chief (Mrs) Adenike Akintade, talked about the heartless killing of the traditional ruler and his aides, saying that the same people recently killed a younger brother of the late monarch.
“I had just been discharged from hospital early this morning, only to start mourning the brutal assassination of my brother. Kabiesi called me on Saturday, urging me to reduce my activities, saying stress could contribute to my illness.
Oba Odetola lost his younger brother to this imbroglio some months ago; the young man was butchered by the so-called hoodlums. Today, Kabiyesi is no more, what a world,” she said
The police spokesperson in Ogun State, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, denied that four of the monarch’s aides were killed. He said after killing the traditional ruler, the perpetrators burnt the monarch with his car. He said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has visited the scene of the incident for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
Although no arrest has been made, the Commissioner of Police has directed that the matter be transferred to the homicide section of the State Investigation Department for a thorough investigation.