Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin, the Paramount traditional ruler of Odo-Oro-Ekiti, a community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti, has been stabbed to death.
The incident has thrown the people of the community to deep mourning.
NAN gathered from the people of the community that the traditional ruler was stabbed to death by a man suspected to be insane after a meeting of the traditional council.
Mr Henry Olu, a resident of the community stated that the insane man suspected to have stabbed the king was from the same royal family as the deceased.
The monarch was stabbed by the assailant while he was about to enter his vehicle after the council meeting.
” All we heard was a cry for help from the traditional ruler’s driver shortly after the council meeting.
“On getting there, we saw our traditional ruler in a pool of his blood with a knife in the chest.
” We tried rushing him to the hospital, but Oba Ogunsakin gave up the ghost,” another resident, who does not want his name mentioned, said.
He added that the assailant fled to the bush when the angry youth of the community trooped out to find and mob him.
Olu said that road block was mounted on the major road in the community by the angry youth has they search for the assailant.
NAN also reports that there was panic in the community, with its market deserted as the news of the incident filtered out.
DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, the spokesman of the Ekiti State Police Command, confirmed the incident in an telephone interview with NAN
“It is true the incident actually happened and police men have moved in.
“The person alleged is of unsound mind and he actually escaped into the bush after committing the crime.
“ Our men are combing the bush to fish out the suspect.
” All I can say for now is that the suspect is within reach and will be put in custody,” he said.
NAN reports that the late Ogunsakin ascended the throne in 1986.