Akeredolu: Killers of Ondo Monarch Will be Arrested


James Sowole in Akure

Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday promised that killers of the traditional ruler of Ifon, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Adegoke Adeusi, would be unmasked.

Akeredolu spoke during an interdenominational service in honour of late Adeusi, saying he would leave no stone unturned at unravelling the killers no matter how long it would take.

Oba Adeusi was killed on November 16 by gunmen while returning from Akure, Ondo State capital.

The killers of the late monarch are yet to be arrested five months after he was killed.

At the inter-denominational service yesterday, Akeredolu promised that he would continue to work with security agencies to ensure Adeusi did not die in vain.

Akeredolu, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu, described the late Olufon as a monarch who loved his people and attracted development projects to the community.

Akeredolu, however, cautioned the Ifon community to hasten selection of a new king without hiccups, urging them to abide by all chieftaincy declarations in the state in picking a new monarch.

He warned that any regent picked in interregnum “should not be made to reign for a long time. We are all sad by the manner of the late Oba’s death. It shouldn’t happen to anybody.

“The governor will leave no stone unturned to fish out the killers. I want to enjoin you to have a peaceful selection of a new monarch. I know there is only one kingmaker left, but hasten the process and follow all chieftaincy declarations to select the next Oba.

“The regent you are going to pick shouldn’t stay long for there to be peace in the land,” the governor said.

In his sermon, Diocesan Bishop of Owo Anglican Diocese, Revd Stephen Fagbemi said it was sad that nobody has addressed various agitations across the country.

Fagbemi commended Akeredolu for showing leadership in the creation of the Amotekun Corps and called on all traditional rulers in the Southwest to secure their domain.

He called on security agencies to fish out the killers of late Olufon for the world to know the truth about his death.

Adeusi was crowned in 1997 and reigned for 23 years until he was killed last November.