The son (name withheld) of a monarch in Ogun State has been accused of being behind the plot to kill his father, who is the Oba of Gbokotoland, Oba G.O. Olukunle.
The police levelled the allegation in a statement by its spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, on Monday.
Oyeyemi said the revelation cam to light after six suspected members of Eiye cult group were on Sunday arrested by operatives of the Ogun State Police Command, while attempting to kill the traditional ruler in his palace.
He gave the names of the suspects as Michael Ayodele, Monday Samuel, Ademola Matthew, Hammed Jelili, Ogundele Ojeh and Sunkanmi Fadina.
He said they were arrested following a distress call received at Oja Odan Divisional Police Headquarters from Oba Olukunle at about 4:25pm that some cultists were about to kill him in his palace.
Upon the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Oja-Odan Division quickly mobilised his men and moved to the palace, where they met the hoodlums shooting sporadically within the palace.
The policemen engaged them in shootout and eventually subdued the cultists and got six amongst them arrested.
On interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed been members of the dreaded Eiye confraternity.
They also informed the police that it was the son of the Oba, who is now at large, that invited them to come and eliminate his father because of an unresolved issue the Oba has been having with his mother.
Recovered from them were one locally made double barrel pistol, two live cartridges and one expended cartridge, while the son of the Oba, who has taken to flight, was said to have escaped with another gun belonging to the group.
The Command’s Commissioner, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation with the view to charging them to court on the conclusion of the investigation.
The CP also ordered a massive manhunt for the fleeing son of the Oba in order to bring him to justice.