A murder suspect, Omoniyi Ademola, has revealed that he killed a traditional ruler in Ekiti State, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin to take over his throne.
Ademola stabbed Oba Ogunsakin, the Onise of Odo Oro in Ikole Local Government Area to death with a knife on Monday.
Eighty-year-old Oba Ogunsakin, who was enthroned in 1986, was stabbed to death in his palace on Monday after chairing a meeting of his council of chiefs in the palace.
The suspect thrust the knife into the monarch’s chest with the victim giving up the ghost before reaching the hospital.
He fled to Ado-Ekiti after committing the regicide but was arrested at Ajowa Market in Dallimore area of the city around 4.30 pm same day.
Speaking while being paraded alongside suspects arrested for various crimes at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti on Friday, Ademola, who is in his 40s, said he committed the regicide to claim his “right.”
Ademola, who spoke correct English and never showed any sign of insanity, was said to belong to another royal family in the community.
He claimed that his family had nominated him to take over from the late king whom he said was serving as a hindrance.
The suspect said: “The crown didn’t belong to Oba Ogunsakin because the town last year declared vacancy because of the death of our Oba.
“They said our Oba was dead and my family nominated me to take over only for him to resurface again and said he remained the Oba.
“Last year December, my family nominated me and since then I have been trying to take over. That day when I got to the palace, it was the late Oba that first attacked me and I attacked him back which led to his death.”
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed, had earlier addressed a press conference on the recent breakthroughs recorded by the command in arresting the suspects.
The police chief dismissed claims in some quarters that the suspect is mentally unstable.
Ahmed said: “I am not a medical expert to know who is mentally unstable or not.
“But the fact remains that, how could a lunatic committed murder and ran over 100 kilometers from the scene of the incident?
“So, common sense dictates that he must have known what he was doing to have run from that town to Ado Ekiti.”
Answering question on the killing of former Commissioner on the board of the Federal Character Commission, Mr. Bunmi Ojo on August 10, the CP said the command was making progress with some arrests made.
He added: “We are on the trail of the killers, we have reached advanced stage. Some suspects had been arrested and they are helping the police.
“Efforts are being intensified and we shall feed the public with the right information when we are ready to charge them to court.
Also paraded were 25 other suspects, who were arrested for cultism and other murder cases, including a man, Toyin Ajakaye, who allegedly hanged a commercial motorcyclist in his farm in Agbado Ekiti on Wednesday.
Ahmed added that the 16 suspects arrested for allegedly belonging to ‘Aye’ and ‘Eye’ confraternities have confessed their memberships of the secret cults, saying they will be charged to court soon.
He revealed that weapons like: one cut-to-size gun, one cartridge, criminal charms, Toyota Camry Car with Registration number FKJ 912 DEK, one kitchen knife and one cutlass were recovered from the suspected cultists.
Ahmed revealed that four armed robbery gang: Idowu Oluwole, Ganiyu Rasak, Ojo Ayomide and Asimile Efra were arrested for stealing a Bajaj motorcycle from one victim in Ado Ekiti.
The police boss the command will continue to intensify efforts to ensure that criminals have no hidden place in the state.