A traditional ruler in Ekiti State and the Owa Ilogbo of Ilogbo Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area, Oba Edward Oke Ajayi, has petitioned Governor Kayode Fayemi, over the indiscriminate arrest of his subjects by the police over alleged trumped-up allegation of being secret cult members.
In the petition dated October 28 and personally signed by him, Oba Ajayi urged Fayemi to intervene in the crisis that broke out among some youths culminating in the death of one Bolu Adeleye.
He also called on the governor to instruct the police at the Ido Ekiti police division to stop the clamp down on his subjects and their detention and also release the over 15 youths languishing in police cells in the town, despite that there was no verifiable evidence linking them with cultism.
Some youths had on October 21, besieged the palace at Ilogbo and vandalized the building and destroyed some vehicles following allegation that some youths who fought in the community and were suspected to be secret cult members were being kept in the palace.
He debunking the position canvassed by the complainants and a faction in the crisis: Messrs Kayode Omojola, Gbenga Omojola, Femi Olabamija and one Apiaka, that he was using his palace to shield a group of youths belonging to a dreaded secret cult.
Oba Ajayi said that he had since abandoned the community when the aforementioned personalities had threatened to deal with him after vandalizing his palace and burnt down a Toyota Previa parked therein on the day the crisis broke out.
The monarch also fingered the personalities as being allegedly aiding the police to arrest more people under trumped-up charge of cultism, which the police themselves found to be untrue.
He said, “I wish to inform you, sir, that the news going round the media and town about the crisis was purely cooked up lies.
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