Violence halted the annual New Yam Festival in the Ikere Local Government Area [LGA] of Ekiti State on Friday. There was sporadic shooting during the preparation of the Odun Oba event, as it is popularly called in Yorubaland. This shooting claimed the lives of one commercial motorcyclist and left another injured.
The wife of the Ogoga of Ikere was conducting a traditional dance, which is a passage rite to the commencement of the Odun Oba Festival scheduled for Saturday, when gunshots could be heard raging in the air. Two commercial motorcyclists along the Odo Oja roundabout in the community were hit by stray bullets, killing one and leaving the other badly injured.
DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, the Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], has confirmed the swift arrest of five suspects in relation to the shooting and killing that occurred on Thursday.
"When killing like that happened, once we knew where the shooting allegedly emanated, it is normal for us to make arrest, so it is true,” Ikechukwu said.
“The offence becomes more severe when you carried prohibited firearms, as it was in this case. The arrest should be expected.”
People from the Ikere community have pointed accusing fingers at Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin. Some anonymous indigenes of the community informed newsmen that the monarch rivalry between Olukere of Ikere and Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin could have led to the violence on Thursday.
The monarch leader, Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin, has denied any involvement in the shooting.
In a bid to clear his name, Obasoyin said: "We are doing our best as leaders to ward off crisis. We are engaging people on the need to embrace peace but some people are jittery.
“The issue has nothing to do with Olukere and Ogoga. We are happy that the killers have been arrested.
“I appeal to the police to do their job. They should do a just job. They shouldn’t allow the matter to be swept under the carpet.”