Traditional ruler shoots resident dead in Ogun

The Police in Ogun has arrested a traditional ruler in Magboro in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, for allegedly killing a resident of the town, The Punch reports.

The traditional ruler, Sanni Shofolarin, who is the baale of Shofolarin town in Magboro, shot the victim while trying to settle a dispute.

According to reports the baale was called upon to settle a fight, which occurred during a party organised in the community.

A resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity described the incident as unfortunate.

He said, “There was a party in the neighbourhood on Monday. At the end of the party, some of the people had a disagreement. The people were brought to the baale so he could settle the matter for them. After the baale listened to them, he tried to mediate. But they did not heed his advice and the fight continued after they left the palace. The baale, who was angry, brought out his gun and while trying to stop them, fired a shot which hit the victim. He was rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.”

The victim’s corpse has since been deposited in a morgue in the area.

The incident was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who said investigation was ongoing.

He said, “We gathered that some people were fighting opposite the baale’s house and the place became rowdy. He then brought out his gun, and while trying to scare the people away, fired a shot, which hit the victim who died.

“The case was reported at the Ibafo Police Division and the baale was arrested. The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, ordered that the case be transferred to the Homicide Section, SCIID, Eleweran, for discreet investigation.”

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