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Ondo community alleges plan to kill monarch


Residents of Aiyetoro community in Ilaje Local Government Area have raised the alarm over alleged plot to kill their monarch, Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi, the Ogeloyinbo of Aiyetoro and Spiritual Head of Holy Apostles Church.

They accused the police of colluding with some persons in the community to terminate the life of their spiritual ruler over a protracted kingship crisis in the community.

It would be recalled that members of the community earlier raised an alarm over the sudden disappearance of the monarch on Monday January 14, 2019 after he was invited for a security meeting at Igbokoda, the headquarters of the council by the state government.

However, it was learnt that the missing king was invited to the state police command headquarters, Akure on the order of the Commissioner for Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju and arraigned before a Magistrate court the next day.

Speaking with newsmen in Akure yesterday, the wife of the monarch, Folashade Ojagbohunmi, lamented that her husband was being victimized and molested by some persons who are using government resources and the police.

Mrs. Ojagbohunmi disclosed that the monarch, who was in police custody for some days, complained of some ailments due to the maltreatment meted on him by the police in custody, but they refused to allow him go for proper medical checks.

According to her, “The police officer said he was pretending and refused him the right to take care of his health. When the situation got worse, they had to rush him to the Police Hospital in Akure for treatment.”She alleged further that the police whisked Oba Ojagbohunmi out of the hospital bed for another court case. “They refused to allow him finish his treatment till today and never allow him to go back to the hospital.

“It is clear that they are after the life of my husband for no just cause. The police are being used to persecute him and possibly kill him. I appeal to the government at all levels to leave my husband alone, he is innocent of the charges trumped up against him.” She alleged.

Meanwhile, the monarch, who is also a prophet of the only church in the community, was charged for promoting native war contrary to and punishable under section 42 of the Criminal Code cap 37 Vol, 1 laws of the state, 2006.He was also accused of malicious damage to property contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the Criminal Code cap 37 Vol, 1 laws of the state, 2006.

Though the counsel to the Police, Olatunji Kazeem, said he was not ready with his witnesses, he pleaded that the accused should be remanded in prison custody.The counsel to the accused, Olusola Oke, applied for the bail of his client pending the trial in the law court, arguing that the offences were bailable.

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