An indigene of Ikere in Ekiti State and Akure, Ondo State lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele, has urged traditional rulers in Ekiti State to intervene in the detention of Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Obasanyin Ganiyu.
An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court, last Wednesday, ordered that the monarch and five other persons be remanded in prison over allegations of conspiracy, attempted murder and murder.
Ogele, who addressed reporters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, warned that the continued detention of the monarch could cause mayhem in the town.
The lawyer urged monarchs and other well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the matter and prevail on Governor Ayodele Fayose to stop ridiculing the Yoruba traditional institution.
He recalled that while the embattled Olukere was opening his multi-million naira hotel, he reportedly said Ikere residents had not endorsed any indigene as their preferred candidate in this year’s governorship election in the state.
Ogele said three days after, suspected thugs invaded the hotel and destroyed the monarch’s property.
The lawyer said the police chased the hoodlums and killed one of them.
He said: “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 said the boy was killed by them and that he was an armed robber.”
Ogele said even if the monarch was not supporting an indigene of Ikere as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, it should not warrant his detention.