…irate youth take over the streets, Market deserted, traders scampered for safety
By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti- Confusion and palpable fear enveloped Odo-Oro-Ekiti, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti on Monday, as a mentally deranged person was said to have stabbed to death the traditional ruler of the community, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin.
Some of the residents of community, who spoke to newsmen said the sad incident occurred shortly after Oba Ogunsakin had a Council meeting with his Chiefs.
The Public Relations Officer,(PPRO) of Ekiti State Command , DSP Caleb Ikechukwu who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview said,”It is true the incidence actually happened and our men has moved into action in the area.
“The person alleged is an unsound mind and he actually escaped into the bush after committing the crime, our men are combing the bush to fetch the suspect out.
” All I can say for now is that the suspect is within reach and will be put to custody.”
The mentally deranged person, simply identified as Kunle, was said to be from the royal family of the slain traditional ruler.
One of the residents Mr Henry Olu, said Kunle was earlier seen on Monday morning by some chiefs before the council’s meeting sitting on the traditional stool of his victim before he was chased away by palace guards.
Another source said the traditional ruler was attacked as soon as he finished the community council meeting trying to board his official car from his palace to his resident.
A source, who spoke under anonymity said,” All we heard was a cry for help from the traditional ruler’s driver shortly after the council’s meeting.
“On getting there we saw our traditional ruler in a pool of blood, as Kunle had stabbed him with knife in the chest.
” We tried rushing him to the hospital, but Oba Ogunsakin gave up the ghost,” the source said.
The late Oba Ogunsakin ascended the throne of “Onise” of Odo-Oro-Ekiti in 1986.
Angry youths of the community took to the streets with some of them carrying dangerous weapons like sticks, cutlasses and broken bottles in search of the alleged culprit.
The youths mounted road blocks and burn fires on major junctions that lead to the community.
It was gathered that the mad man took to his heels immediately he committed the crime and his whereabouts still remained unknown as at the time of filling this report.
The chiefs of the community could not be reached for comment as they were said to be in an emergency meeting on the burial rite of the late Oba.
Market in Ikole-Ekiti was deserted as soon as the news broke out, as traders and their customers scampered for safety.