Ondo police arrest 17 for destroying Ijaw leader’s tomb, properties
Seventeen persons have been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command for allegedly vandalising a mausoleum, containing the tomb of late King of Zion, Dr. I.O Jemine, who died in 2014.
The Guardian learnt the incident happened at Bolowou community in Ese-Odo Local Council, a riverine community dominated by the Ijaws.
It was gathered that the perimeter fence of the multi-million naira mausoleum was destroyed, while other valuables at the tomb were carted away by the miscreants.
Eyewitnesses recounted that some youths and elders carried out the attacks after reports reached them that the new spiritual leader and son of the king, Princewill Jemine, was arrested and detained by the police.
According to them, Princewill and his brother, George, whom their father made a Chief, were engaging in superiority contest in the community.
A retired policeman in the community, Doharty Lelegha Foloki, said the disagreement between both brothers led to the community crisis.
The community youth leader, Kiriki Doubra, said youths and elders loyal to the new spiritual leader went on rampage, when they heard of the arrest of the church leader.