The police have arrested 11 suspects who set ablaze a traditional ruler in Ogun State.
A petition was received from one Odetola Okuribido ‘m’ on behalf of the entire Okuribido Royal Family of Agodo town, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
According to the petition, the traditional ruler, His Royal Highness Oba Odetola Olajide was murdered on January 24.
He was said to have gone to his village on a portion of land to clear the graveside of his late brother, all of a sudden a group of hoodlums numbering about 50; led by one Gbeminiyi Sotade attacked him while three of his relatives were assaulted and macheted.
Confirming the incident, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Zonal 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan-Lagos, SP Hauwa Idris-Adamu in a statement said the hoodlums pushed the Traditional Ruler into his Red Toyota Sienna SUV 2016 model with Registration number APP 55 GF while one Agbara drove the vehicle in the company of other hoodlums to a nearby forest.
“They poured petrol on him and the vehicle was finally set ablaze with the corpse locked in it.
“The three persons who narrowly escaped death are, Alfa Wahab ‘(male)’, Deborah Onilere ‘(female)’ and Lydia Odetola ‘(female),” Idris-Adamu said.
He noted that 11 suspects have so far been arrested and they have confessed to their involvements in the crime when asked why they attacked and murdered the Traditional Ruler; they claimed he was an “AJAGUNGBALE” (LAND GRABBER).
Meanwhile, efforts are at top gear to arrest others at large.
The spokesman advised the general public to desist from taking laws into their hands by involving in any form of Criminality as whoever is caught up on the wrong side will face the full wrath of the law.
The AIG is assuring the citizens of Lagos and Ogun states that whosoever is involved in this dastardly act will be brought to book no matter how highly placed the person or group of persons are.
He further advised all hoodlums coming into Lagos and Ogun states to turn a new leaf or have a rethink of relocating out of the Zone.