The suspect who is accused of stabbing the traditional ruler of Odo Oro Ekiti, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin, to death on Friday, has confessed to the crime. The 40-year-old who was said to be mentally unstable, said he killed the monarch to reclaim the throne.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspect, Omonoyi Ademola, also confessed that he didn’t know that the Oba would die. “I didn’t go to the palace with the intention of killing the monarch,’’ he said.

Omoniyi, who looked unkempt and unremorseful, shocked journalists with his eloquence and spoken English when he was paraded by the state commissioner of Police, Mr Bello Muhammed, along with 26 other suspects.

He said that he was told by spirits and his family that it was the turn of his clan to reign over the community, and based on the information, he headed for the palace on the fateful day. Omoniyi explained that when the Oba heard of the message he brought, he attacked him but he did not know the monarch would die as a result of his retaliation.

Earlier, the commissioner of police had told journalists that he did not believe Omoniyi was an insane person going by his conduct and actions.

According to him, it is not logical to think that a man who is supposed to be mad, would kill an Oba with a knife and then escape, only to travel afterwards to Ado Ekiti, where he was arrested.

Muhammed also hinted on the arrest of a number of persons suspected to have links with the recent murder of late Bunmi Ojo, former personal assistant to the former governor, Segun Oni, and one-time commissioner in the Federal Character Commission.

He explained that the alleged killers were not paraded on Friday to avoid jeopardising the efforts in place, to arrest others still at large.

The police boss said that 27 suspects were also picked up in connection with various crimes like murder, cultism and armed robbery in the state. He listed the suspects to include 16 cultists, seven murder suspects and four armed robbery suspects.

He however, appealed to residents to continue to partner with the command in their bid to rid the state of crime.