Worried over last Monday’s stabbing to death of the monarch of Odo Oro Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of the state, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin and other traditional rulers in Ekiti State have pleaded passionately with the Ekiti state government to help them beef up security in their various palaces.
Acting under the aegies of “Majority Obas of Ekiti”, the category of obas, who are made up of Third Class rulers and others with lesser grades, gave the appeal when they paid sympathy visit to the town which had remained in mourning mood since the incident took place last week Monday.
The rulers were led by the Olowa of Odo Owa Ekiti, Oba Ayomide Oyedeji, describing the way and manner their colleague was killed as shocking, unfortunate and worrisome.
According to them, the perpetrator of the crime would probably have not found it easy to carry out the crime if the palace had been fortified by armed security men, complimenting local guards.
Though they acnowledged that government had always accorded priority to their welfare and wellbeing, they believe that beefing up security in the palaces would be an added advantage, especially considering the unprecedented attack on the palace of the deceased king by his killer.
The traditional rulers also urged residents of the various communities to be security conscious and proactive by not leaving the job of watching over the palaces to security officials alone.
The Odo Oro Ekiti community was thrown into mourning last Monday as a 40-year old suspect with a royal background, Omoniyi Ademola, who was initially said to be mental unstable, entered the palace unchallenged and stabbed the traditional ruler to death.
He has since been arrested and paraded by the state police command, as investigations continue.
The suspect, Omoniyi has owned up to the crime, though he said killing the Oba was done in error as he only retaliated when the deceased first attacked him, saying he never knew he would die in the process.
As of the time of filing this report, normal commercial activies in the town still remained at the lowest ebb as markets were shut as a mark of honour for the late Oba who ascended the throne in 1986, and described by many as well loved by his subjects.