Following the stabbing to death of the traditional ruler of Odo Oro Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti state, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin last Monday, his colleague rulers in Ekiti state have urged the state government to help them beef up security in their various palaces
Acting under the aegies of “Majority Obas of Ekiti”, the category of Obas, who are made up of Third Class rulers and others with lesser grades,made the appeal when they paid sympathy visit to the town which had remained in mourning mood since the tragic incident took place last week Monday.
The monarchs were led by the Olowa of Odo Owa- Ekiti, Oba Ayomide Oyedeji, describing the way and manner the incident that took their colleague away as shocking, unfortunate and worrisome.
According to them, the perpetrator of the crime would probably have not found it easy to carry out the crime if the palace had been fortified by armed security men, complimenting local guards.
However,the monarchs acknowledged that government had always accorded priority attention to their welfare and wellbeing, beefing-up security in the palaces would be an added advantage, especially considering the unprecedented attack on the palace of the deceased king by his killer.
The traditional rulers also urged residents of the various communities to be security conscious and proactive by not leaving the job of watching over the palaces into the hands of security officials alone.
Recall that Odo Oro -Ekiti ommunity was thrown into mourning last Monday as a 40-year old suspect from a royal background, Omoniyi Ademola who was initially said to be mental unstable, entered the palace unchallenged and stabbed the traditional ruler to death.
He has since been arrested and paraded by the state police command, as investigations continue.
The suspect,Omoniyi has also owned-up to the crime, though he said killing the oba was done in error as he only retaliated when the deceased first attacked him,saying he never knew he would die in the process.
As of the time of filing these reports, normal commercial activies in the town still remained at the lowest ebb as markets are shut as mark of honour for the late oba who ascended the throne in 1986,,and described by many as well loved by his subjects.