By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Traditional Rulers in Yewa, Ogun State on Wednesday called on the Police and the State Government to ensure that the killers of Olowo of Owo-Yewa, Oba Patrick Fasinu are arrested and brought to book.
Fasinu who was on his way back from the Traditional Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 26, was ambushed by some gunmen who murdered him and set his remains set ablaze.
The Traditional Rulers, under aegis of the Yewa Traditional Council, led by their Chairman, the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland and Olu Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle at the Council’s meeting in Ilaro area of the State, described the assassination as “callous, gruesome, degrading and inhuman”.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting, Olugbenle who was represented by the Olu of Imasayi-Yewa, Oba Gbadebo Oni, said the monarch’s killers must be made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as deterrent of “other agents of evil.”
According to him, the development was a silent war against the Council as an institution in the country “which must not be condoned by the law enforcement agencies and the government”.
He pledged the Council’s unwavering support to the police in its investigation into the incident.
Olugbenle said: “We are aware of the arrest of three suspects in connection with the case already in the police custody. We hereby call on the Nigeria Police and the Ogun State Government to please ensure that those behind this inhuman and degrading act are brought to bear the wrath of the law. This will serve as deterrent to other agents of evil in future.
“The action is an abhorrence to the custom and tradition of Yorubaland and humanity. Such evil should not be allowed to go the way of similar cases across the country. This is a silent war against the institution of the traditional rulers in the country which must not be condoned by the law enforcement agencies and the government.”
The traditional rulers, however, paid glowing tributes to Fasinu who was described as kind-hearted, lovable, friendly, peaceful, well-connected, active and an asset to the council.
Five monarchs who spoke on behalf their colleagues from five Local Government Areas in Yewaland, called on the state government to provide adequate security for traditional rulers in the state to forestall similar attacks.
In his remarks, Oba Isaac Adesiyan, who is Olu of Ifonyintedo-Yewa, said traditional rulers now live in fears and asked security agencies and government to curtail killing of monarchs.
“We want to appeal to the state government to go into the root of the incidence to prevent recurrence. Every Oba, I guess, has been living in fears because we do not know who is next. We don’t pray for more of such incident, but it is God who cares and looks after all of us,” Adesiyan said.
On his part, Eselu of Iselu, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi who expressed regret over attacks on Yewa monarchs, recalled that a traditional ruler was killed in 2011 along Igbogila axis without assailants being brought to justice.
Olobi of Ilobi, Oba Saliu Ajibade, who described Fasinu as peaceful and active member of the council, said his assassination was an eye-opener to all traditional rulers in the area.