The indigenes and council of Chiefs in Owo Kingdom in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State has petitioned the Ogun State government, law enforcement agencies over the installation of a new monarch for Owo Kingdom. Chiefs and other residents of the town also on Thursday stormed Abeokuta, the state capital, calling on Governor Ibikunle Amosun, to stop the planned installation of a new traditional ruler for the community.
The indigenes which took their protest to the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council, in Okelewo, also called on the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, not to allow any installation of a new monarch in the community to avert “chaos, bloodshed and anarchy.”
The last Oba of the agrarian community, Olowo of Owo, Oba Patrick Oyeniran Fasinu, was reportedly assassinated on July 27, 2017 while returning to his domain after attending a meeting of the Yewa Traditional Council in Ilaro, the Headquarters of the Yewa South Local Government.
Over a dozen suspects, including retired Col. Dauda Alao, were arrested in connection with the alleged brutal killing of Oba Fasinu and the matter is still pending in court, even though, Alao has also been granted bail on health ground.
But Prince Fasinu Matthew Olaonipekun, brother of the slain monarch, who addressed reporters, said the community wants the installation of a new monarch put on hold, claiming due process was not followed to arrive at who becomes the next Olowo of Owo Kingdom.
Prince Fasinu said it is a great insult to the good people of Owo that a new king is about to be installed when suspects of the killing of his brother are standing trial and the court hasn’t resolved it yet.
He lamented that the Governor Ibikunle Amosun – led government has not done anything about the killing of Oba Oyeniran Fasinu, saying it would amount to dishonor if the proper thing was not done for the late monarch before installing a successor – Oba.
Also speaking, the Vice – Chairman of the Owo Forum, Mrs. Aghelegin Comfort Olayinka, lamented that a prime suspect in the alleged murder of Oba Fasinu is rooting for the installation of a relation as next Oba of the community.
According to her, one Mojeed Rufai Alao who is being put forward as next Oba of the community hailed from Alao family which also doubles as the family of the alleged prime suspect; Col. Dauda Alao rtd in the murder of Oba Fasinu.