An Akure-based human rights lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele has accused the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose as the man behind the prosecution and detention in prison custody of Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Obasanyin Ganiyu.
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court had last Wednesday ordered that the monarch and five other persons be remanded in prison over allegations of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder.
Ogele, who also hails from the town, while addressing newsmen told in Akure, stated that the case was not a murder case, but a political case made to take a toga of criminal matter.
According to him, the continued detention of the traditional ruler could cause a major crisis in the town.
He, however, warned the Governor to stop dragging the Yoruba traditional institution in the mud.
“While opening his multi-million naira hotel, Oba Obasanyin Ganiyu said in his speech that Ikere people had not endorsed any indigene of the town as their preferred candidate in the next governorship election in the state.
“Three days after the event, thugs invaded the hotel and destroyed the property. The police chased the hoodlums and killed one of them.
“But to our dismay, the story was changed and the monarch was charged to court on suspicion that he was involved in the killing.
“It is curious that after Oba Obasanyin had been remanded in prison, the police came out to say the boy was killed by them and that he was an armed robber.
“Even if the monarch is not supporting Eleka, an indigene of the town and candidate of Governor Fayose, I don’t think he has done anything wrong.
“Fayose has turned himself to a street fighter that whosoever refuses his offer or directives must suffer for it in the hard way. Imagine a governor acting in this manner to a well-known traditional ruler of a town in your state,” Ogele said.