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Yewa Traditional Council Condemns Colleague Murder, Seeks Justice
Yewa Traditional Council in Ogun State on Wednesday asked Nigerian Police and the State Government to ensure killers of Olowo of Owo-Yewa, Oba Patrick Fasinu were fished out and brought to justice.
Ogun Today reports that Fasinu who was on his way back from monthly meeting of the council on July 26 , was murdered with his remains set ablaze.
He was said to have led the closing prayers during last month meeting of the council.
Addressing reporters on Wednesday shortly after the meeting, Paramount Ruler of Yewaland and Olu Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle described the assassination as callous, gruesome, degrading and inhuman.
Olugbenle who was represented by Olu of Imasayi-Yewa, Oba Gbadebo Oni, said the monarch’s killers must be made to face wrath of the law to serve as deterent of “other agent of evil.”
According to him, the development is a silent war against the institution of the traditional rulers in the country which must not be condoned by the law enforcement agencies and the government.
He, however, expressed the council’s preparedness to assist the police in its investigation into the murder.
Olugbenle said: “We are aware of the arrest of three suspects in connection with the case already in the police custody.
” We hereby call on the Nigeria Police and the Ogun State Government to please ensure that those behind this inhuman and degrading act are brought to bear the wrath of the law. This will serve as deterent to other agent of evil in future.
“The action is an abhorrence to the custom and tradition of Yorubaland and humanity. Such evil should not be allowed to go the way of similar cases across the country.
” This is a silent war against the institution of the traditional rulers in the country which must not be condoned by the law enforcement agencies and the government.”
The Traditional rulers, who paid glowing tributes to Fasinu, described him as kind-hearted, lovable, friendly, peaceful, well-connected, active and asset to the council.
Five monarchs who spoke on behalf of their colleagues from five Local Government Areas in Yewaland, called on the state government to provide adequate security for traditional rulers in the state to forestall similar attacks.
In his remarks, Oba Isaac Adesiyan, who is Olu of Ifonyintedo-Yewa, said traditional rulers now live in fears and asked security agencies and government to curtail killing of monarchs.
“We want to appeal to the state government to go into the root of the incidence to prevent recurrence.
On his part, Eselu of Iselu, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi who expressed regret over attacks on Yewa monarchs, recalled that a traditional ruler was killed in 2011 along Igbogila axis without assailants being brought to justice.
Olobi of Ilobi, Oba Saliu Ajibade, who described Fasinu as peaceful and active member of the council, said his assassination was an eye-opener to all traditional rulers in the area.