Ayinde Odetola, the traditional ruler of Agodo village in Ogun State’s Ewekoro local council, and four of his aides were believed to have been killed by unidentified assailants who stormed his palace and set it on fire on Monday, January 24.

The monarch and his advisers were slain and burned as soon as they arrived in town about 11:00 a.m., according to sources. The attack is thought to be the outcome of a crisis in the society over the choice of a ruler. The community’s crisis began when the late monarch, who was from the Ake dynasty, was chosen as the community’s traditional ruler, but the Owu people allegedly refused to accept someone from Ake as their king.

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Chief (Mrs) Adenike Akintade, one of the late monarch’s sisters, confirmed the incident, lamenting the merciless execution of the traditional ruler and his aides, adding that the same persons had assassinated the late monarch’s younger brother.

“I had just been discharged from hospital early this morning, only to start mourning the brutal assassination of my brother. Kabiesi called me on Saturday, urging me to reduce my activities, saying stress could contribute to my illness.

Oba Odetola lost his younger brother to this imbroglio some months ago; the young man was butchered by the so-called hoodlums. Today, Kabiyesi is no more, what a world,” she lamented

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