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Osun Oba’s Golden Jubilee Turns Bloody As US Professor, Guard Are Killed

** Prince Arrested
** Governor Adeleke Orders Probe

Governor Ademola Adeleke has ordered the investigation of the killing and reprisal killing at Ejigbo, Osun, during the 50 years coronation celebration of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, HRM Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyeyosin.

Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyeyosin

Meanwhile, the Osun State Police Command has announced the arrest of Prince Eniola Oyebode, the son of Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Oyebode Oyesosin.

Expressing his sympathy on the twin deaths, the Governor directed law enforcement agencies to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and ensure that the law took its cause.

Tragedy struck in Ejigbo, Osun State, on Saturday night when a US-based Professor and Nigerian politician, Richard Idowu, a.k.a. Ade Ori Okin,was ‘accidentally’ shot dead by a local security guard while bidding him farewell after an event.

The incident occurred around 8:30 pm along Inisha Road of Ejigbo, following the conclusion of a public function attended by Professor Adeoriokin, his political associates, and the son of Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oyeyode Oyesosin.

After the meeting at the king’s residence, a Prince ordered the security guard to fire gunshots into the air to bid farewell to his friends.

In the course of the gunshot volley, a bullet accidentally struck the Professor, resulting in his death.

Enraged, a mob descended on the errant security guard and beat him to death.

Afeez Lawal, the Personal Assistant to Professor Richard, who was present at the scene, recounted that his boss, a lecturer at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas, and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had attended a ceremony where Governor Ademola Adeleke was conferred with a chieftaincy title before the tragic incident occurred.

He said: “We headed to Ejigbo for the 50th coronation anniversary of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo. Immediately, after the event, we were almost set to go back to Osogbo, the king’s son, Oyeyode Oyesosin, said we should go to his house along Inisha road for a brief meeting, so those that followed him home were Ayodele Asalu, Timothy and Prof Richard.

“When the king’s son wanted to bid his guests farewell, he ordered the local security to fire guns to the air, as a gesture but unfortunately, one of the security’s guns was facing down, instead of firing to the sky, he fired the bullet downward, the bullet hit Professor on his leg, he fell, before we could rush him to the hospital he had lost a lot of blood. He gave up the ghost at the Baptist hospital in Ejigbo.”

The aide confirmed that the remains of the Professor had been deposited in Osun State University Teaching Hospital Morgue.

Consequently, Governor Adeleke directed law enforcement agencies to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and ensure that the law takes its cause.

A statement by his spokesman, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, said the Governor further called for pre-emptive action by the security agencies to prevent any possible counter-attacks or eruption of violence in the ancient town following the sad incident.

Urging families of the deceased not to take laws into their hands, he dispatched a high powered delegation to visit Ejigbo and ensure restoration of calm while investigation continues, the statement further said.

Members of the delegation include the Commissioner of Police, the State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs, the State Commissioner for Information and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security.

“What happened today at Ejigbo is really sad. I extend my condolences to the families of the deceased. I have directed an immediate investigation into the killings of Dr Richard Adeoriokin and the subsequent killing of his killer.

“I have also instructed the State Police Command to issue guidelines on usage of local guns. Such regulations will enhance safety and protection of the citizens especially at public functions,” Governor Adeleke was quoted as saying.

According to a statement on Sunday by Yemisi Opalola, the command spokesperson, Prince Oyebode’s arrest was in connection with the killing of American-based lecturer and grassroots mobiliser Richard Idowu, aka Ade Ori Okin.

The statement reads: “The Osun Police Command is using this medium to inform the general public that the Command is aware of the shooting incident that occurred at Ejigbo, which led to the death of one Dr Richard Idowu, aka Adeori Okin.

“The incident occurred on 27/1/2024 at about 9:48 pm after the 50th Coronation Anniversary of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Oyeyode Oyesosin, where one Prince Eniola Oyeyode of Ejigbo instructed one of his civilian guards, Hammed Abdul Jelili of Ejigbo, to fire his double-barreled gun into the air to confirm if the gun was in good condition or not, but instead shot directly at the victim, and he was rushed to a hospital but confirmed dead by the doctor.

“Meanwhile, Prince Eniola Oyeyode, who gave the order to his civilian guard to fire the gun, has been arrested and detained.”

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Bzigu Dali Kwazhi, through the statement, also appealed to members of the public, especially the residents of Ejigbo, to remain calm as a discreet investigation has commenced immediately.

 

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