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Tears in Ekiti as man stabs monarch to death with a knife

Tears in Ekiti as man stabs monarch to death with a knife

- Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin was stabbed by a man considered insane while he was trying to enter his car

- Oba Ogunsakin had spent 32 years on the throne before the unexpected murder

- The Ekiti command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) confirmed the incident

Odo-Oro-Ekiti, a town in Ikole local government area of Ekiti, was on Monday, August 20, thrown into mourning as its traditional ruler, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin, was stabbed to death 32 years after he ascended the throne.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some residents, who spoke, said the traditional ruler was stabbed with a knife by a man suspected to be insane after a meeting of the traditional council.

A resident, Henry Olu, said the assailant was from the same royal family as the slain traditional ruler.

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The report quoted Olu as saying the assailant was earlier seen before the council meeting sitting on the throne and was chased away.

The monarch was stabbed by the assailant while he was attempting to enter his vehicle after the council meeting.

”All we heard was a cry for help from the traditional ruler’s driver shortly after the council meeting.

“On getting there, we saw our traditional ruler in a pool of his blood with a knife in the chest.

”We tried rushing him to the hospital, but Oba Ogunsakin gave up the ghost,” another resident, who does not want his name mentioned, said.

According to the report, some irate youths in the community took to the streets in search of the assailant who was said to have fled into the bush after the incident.

It was learnt that the youths mounted road blocks on major junctions leading into the community while the search lasted.

The report also said there was panic in the community, with its market deserted as the news of the incident filtered out.

The police public relations officer in Ekiti, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview adding: “It is true the incident actually happened and police men have moved in.

“The person alleged is of unsound mind and he actually escaped into the bush after committing the crime.

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“ Our men are combing the bush to fish out the suspect.

” All I can say for now is that the suspect is within reach and will be put in custody."

It was learnt that the late Ogunsakin ascended the throne in 1986. earlier reported that the police in Benue state arrested and commenced prosecution of three suspects over their roles in the killing of two priests in the state.

The Benue state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed that the three are currently being prosecuted in connection with the killing of parishioners including two priests in Mbalom Catholic Church in Gwer East local government area of the state.

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