In a tragic turn of events, an Oyo prince, Eniola Oyeyode, has been arrested by the Osun State Police Command in connection to the killing of a United States American-based lecturer, Dr. Richard Idowu. The incident occurred at Oyeyode’s residence in Ejigbo, Osun State, following the 50th Coronation Anniversary of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Oyeyode Oyesosin.
On the evening of January 27, 2024, around 9:48 pm, Prince Eniola Oyeyode allegedly instructed one of his civilian guards, Hammed Abdul Jelili, to fire his double barrel gun into the air to check its condition after the coronation celebration. Shockingly, the guard instead shot directly at Dr. Richard Adeoriokin, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Dr. Adeoriokin was rushed to a private hospital in Ejigbo but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson for the state police command, Yemisi Opalola, stated that Prince Eniola Oyeyode has been detained in connection to the incident.
Promptly responding to the tragedy, Governor Ademola Adeleke has ordered a thorough investigation into the killing and the ensuing violence during the coronation celebration. Expressing condolences to the families affected, Governor Adeleke urged law enforcement agencies to ensure that justice is served. He emphasized the importance of preemptive action to prevent any potential escalation of violence in Ejigbo.
Governor Adeleke has dispatched a high-powered delegation to Ejigbo, comprising 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. The delegation aims to restore calm in the ancient town while the investigation unfolds.
In response to the incident, Governor Adeleke has also directed the State Police Command to issue guidelines on the usage of local guns. He stressed that such regulations would enhance the safety and protection of citizens, particularly during public functions.
This unfortunate incident has not only shocked the community but has also triggered swift and comprehensive action from the authorities, as they strive to bring justice to the victim and maintain peace in Ejigbo.
Source: Punch NG
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