By Dayo Johnson
AS palpable tension pervades Arigidi Akoko, in Akoko North West area of Ondo State over the death of a youth leader last week, the Police authorities in the state has invited for questioning the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Yisa Olanipekun and the leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams.
The death of the youth leader, Igbekele Oyeleye by suspected members of OPC sparked off violent protest which disrupted peace and tranquility in the town last weekend.
Hundreds of youths, women and children took to the street with placards to protest the death of the leader popularly known as Sparco.
The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Donald Iroham confirmed the invitation of the traditional ruler and the OPC leader to newsmen in Akure yesterday.
Oyeleye popularly called â€œSparcoâ€was last week abducted and taken to an unknown place allegedly on the order of a leader of OPC, following his refusal to perform the annual rituals at the Otota festival.
The deceased was said to have been beaten to a state of come with dangerous weapon thereby sustaining head injuries and the loss of blood.
After his attack he was said to have been rushed to a private hospital in Ikare-Akoko by his attackers from where he was transferred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo for medical attention.
His condition was said to have gotten worse following which he was to be transferred to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) before he gave up the ghost.
Speaking with newsmen on the stage of investigation on the death of the youth leader, the Police Commissioner said the traditional ruler and the OPC leader were expected to appear at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the command.
Iroham said that â€œWe are determined to get to the root of the matter and we will spare nobody in the attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding the death of the man.
â€œIt s our duty to ensure that Ondo State is safe for the people to live in, so we will not fold our arms when some people are attempting to make the place difficult to live. So anybody that we feel will help us to get to the root of the matter will be invitedâ€.
Police is however planning to invade the town in a bid to effect the arrest of other persons fingered in the dastardly murder of the youth leader.
It would be recalled that Gani Adams while reacting to the allegation last week denied that the congress was responsible for the death of Oyeleye.
He pointed out that the deceased was involved in physical fighting with another person and not its member.
According to him Oyeleye was not qualified to perform rituals at the Otota festival because the rituals were always performed by the oldest man in the community.
Adams said the allegation against him or the the OPC was a blatant lie, as the deceased was a member of the group and could not have been attacked by the same group.
â€œThe allegation is a great lie, I was attending a meeting at the palace on the anniversary of the Oba when we heard there was fighting involving â€œsparcoâ€ and as the Otunba of the town, I took him to the hospital.
â€œI paid the hospital bill, but I was later called that some people have forcefully taken him away from the hospital to FMC, so how could anybody have accused me of causing his deathâ€.
Speaking with newsmen the Secretary of the Youth, Mr. Tubosun Adebisi said it was unfortunate for a leader of the town to have been involved in such an act, calling on government and the law enforcement agents to get to the roots of the matter.