By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
A Tiv man, identified as Sunday and his gangs are now in the custody of the Ekiti State Police Command over alleged murder of a 35-year-old Chief Sola Fatunla in Ilotin quarters of Ikole-Ekiti, headquarters of Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Chief Fatunla, who is the Onibedo of Ilotin, Ikole-Ekiti was allegedly killed and his corpse set ablaze by the assailants
Sunday, who is said to be into charcoal business, had accused Chief Fatunla of snatching his wife, Miss Tadeni.
It was learnt that both Sunday and Tadeni were married with two kids before the marriage collapsed.
After Sunday had found out that Miss Tadeni and Chief Fatunla were merely family friends, he apologised to him, only for Sunday to have pleaded with Fatunla to assist him in using his position as a Chief in Ikole-Ekiti to plead with those he claimed seized his charcoal.
While accompany him to where his charcoal was seized on Sunday, the Tiv man allegedly connived with others to abduct Chief Fatunla and Miss Tadeni, somewhere around Iyemero-Ekiti, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Chief Fatunla was said to have been allegedly tied to a tree, strangled to death and his corpse set on fire by Sunday and his gangs.
However, Miss Tadeni, was said to have escaped from the abductors while Sunday and his other accomplices, who had fled, were caught by vigilante men in Patigi area of Kwara State while trying to escape.
When the vigilante men stopped Sunday and his gangs and were questioning them as to their mission in the area, especially during the lockdown, Chief Fatunla’s phone that Sunday kept in his pocket rang and he refused to answer the call.
One of the vigilante men was said to have collected the phone and answered the call only to be told that the owner of the phone was abducted.
The vigilantes then handed Sunday and others to the Police in Kwara State.
As at the time of filing this report, Chief Fatunla’s corpse has been recovered and deposited in the mortuary, while Sunday and his men are being detained by the police in Ekiti State and are to be moved to the police headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, said, “There was a murder case, one of the Chiefs in Ikole-Ekiti was murdered in the farm. We are still trying to investigate the matter. We are still on the investigation, I will get back to you on the details”.