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1 Aug 2017

Police arrest three suspected killers of Ogun monarch

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of the Olowo of Owoland, Oba Patrick Fasinu.
A traditional ruler told PUNCH Metro on Monday that the suspects were making confessional statements to the police.

He, however, described statements made by the late monarch’s lawyer as a distraction, saying the killing had nothing to do with a boundary dispute.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the 68-year-old had gone for a meeting of traditional rulers in Ilaro, in the Yewa South area of Ogun State last Wednesday.

He was said to have dropped off his driver along the way and was heading home in his Toyota Camry around 10pm when he was waylaid by the assailants in the Oke-Odan area.

The men reportedly dragged him out of his car and hacked him with an axe before putting him back into the car.

The assassins then set fire to the car and fled the scene.

Patrick’s charred remains were recovered on Thursday.

His counsel, Olukoya Ogungbeje, had vowed to expose the killers for prosecution.

Ogungbeje had also blamed the Ogun State Government and the state judiciary for allegedly delaying in resolving a boundary dispute which he said snowballed into the murder.

However, a prominent traditional ruler in Ogun State, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The disagreement between the late monarch and another ruler is just a distraction. The first suspect has been transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.

“Two others have been arrested and they are making confessional statements. I learnt five of them carried out the act. What the police need to unravel now is their sponsor. The suspects should be allowed to make voluntary statements as to know who sent them to kill the man.”

The monarch’s brother, Olaolu Fasinu, confirmed the arrest of the three suspects, adding that one of them had burns in his hand.

“He had the injury while they were setting my brother ablaze in his car. The police have searched his house to see if there was any fire incident, and there was none. The man and two others have been taken to the station. They killed my brother over nothing,” he said.

Olaolu appealed for improved security in the community and financial help, saying he had become saddled with the responsibility of the family.

The daughter of the deceased, Sarah Shiyanbola, said the police must ensure that justice was served in the matter.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he was not aware of the arrests, but promised to make enquiries.

He noted that the police would, however, not disclose further details on the matter.

“The matter is under investigation and disclosing anything could jeopardise what we are doing,” he said.

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