On Sunday, a group of gunmen broke into the palace of Oba G.O. Olukunle, the ruler of Gbokoto land in Ogun State’s Yewa North Local Government Area. Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesman in Ogun State, confirmed the event on Monday.
It was heard that the police had detained the gunman, who were reportedly suspected Eiye cult members.
As instructed by his son, Oyeyemi said they were apprehended “while attempting to assassinate the traditional king in his castle.”
The accused were named as Hammed Jelili, Michael Ayodele, Monday Samuel, Ademola Matthew, Ogundele Ojeh, and Sunkanmi Fadina by the police public relations officer.
According to information obtained by DAILY POST, the king called the police at Oja-Odan division in a panic at 4:25 p.m., claiming that “some cultists were ready to assassinate him in his palace.” The DPO of the Oja-Odan division is reported to have assembled his troops in response to the distress call and sent them to the palace, “where they confronted the hoodlums firing randomly.”
Six of the cultists were captured after the police “engaged them in a gunfight and finally subdued the cultists,” according to Oyeyemi.
The apprehended individuals had admitted to being Eiye confraternity members after questioning, Oyeyemi said.
They also told the police that the Oba’s son, who is now at large, had called them to come take away his father due to an ongoing dispute the Oba had with his mother, Oyeyemi added.
He said that the suspects had turned over a single double-barreled handgun built in the area, together with two live and one spent cartridge.
According to Oyeyemi, the alleged son of the oba had escaped “with another gun belonging to the gang.”
The fugitive son of the traditional ruler is to be pursued in order to bring him to justice, while Ogun State Commissioner of Police Lanre Bankole has ordered the immediate transfer of the six captured individuals to the State CIID in Eleweran, Abeokuta.