Family of the slain monarch of Agodo community in Ogun State, Late Oba Ayinde Odetola has written petition to the state government, the commissioner of Police, members of the State House of Assembly and Alake of Egbaland to ensure that those involved in the killing are brought to book.
Oba Odetola was killed on February 24th, 2022 at Agodo town in Ewekoro Local Government Area by people believed to have been hired by rival groups to the chieftaincy stool in the community.
Prince Dotun Odetola who spoke through Joseph Adenekan highlighted on the petition submitted during the protest to the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta.
He said on that fateful day at about 11am in Agodo, some known hoodlums fully armed with cudgels, big planks, iron rods and other dangerous objects attacked Oba Odetola along with four members of his family, with objects, poured petrol on him, and put him inside his Toyota Sienna Vehicle which they drove to a distance nearby and set ablaze. His burnt body was later recovered by the police.
Furthermore, he affirmed that though the other victims with him survived the attack, but are currently in critical conditions in the hospital.
“But they identified the attackers whom they knew in the Agodo Village before the attack as a murderous gang.
“Your Excellency sir, the same gang had earlier on 4th December, 2018, killed
Oba Olajide Ayinde Odetola’s younger brother, Mr. Waidi Obidairo in a similar gory
version in the same Agodo village. They were shielded from prosecution.
“Your Excellency sir, the sponsors of these hoodlum inciting them to murder who are proponents of Oba Odetola on Agodo Obaship stool, claiming to be Baale in spite of the Government Gazette making Oba Odetola the monarch.
“We hereby demand for justice to be done in this case as eminent personalities are putting pressures on the police authority to stop investigations into the matter.
“We demand for an unhindered police investigations and we crave for your kind support in
unraveling the murder case with the culprits charged to court.”
Also at Ake Palace where the protesters also addressed Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, said he had been reassured by the Ogun State Police Command Eleweran that a thorough and unbiased investigation is being carried out by a cracked investigative officers with a view to unravelling the remote and immediate causes of the incident.
Oba Gbadebo also revealed that, he was very much aware that, the Ogun State Police Command with the full knowledge of the police headquarters in Abuja was already making appreciable progress on the matter.
He advised the protesters to check the veracity of his statement with the Ogun State Police Command, urging them to observe peace until the police would make categorical statement on the matter and prosecute those found liable.
Earlier, protesters carrying banners of various description had in their hundred, stormed the Ake Palace chanting “save our souls songs,” and calling for the Alake’s intervention and ensure justice in the killing of the Olu Agodo.
They told the Alake that, they feared that some highly placed people in Egbaland were trying to truncate the course of justice on the Agodo incident.
In a prepared statement by the leader of the protesters, Mr. Dotun Odetola who spoke through Joseph Adenekan told the Alake and the Egba Chiefs and Obas in attendance that, they had come to inform the Egba Apex Monarch, who he described as an embodiment of compassion, fair play and justice to every Egba indigenes, fully believing that the spirit of the late Olu Agodo, his people, family and the people of Agodo would eventually get justice untampered.