Some gunmen on Sunday attacked the palace of the Oba of Gbokoto land, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba G.O Olukunle, shooting sporadically.
The police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Monday.
According to av ailble information, the gunmen, were said to be suspected members of the Eiye cult group, and have been arrested by the police.
Oyeyemi stated that the culprits were arrested “while attempting to kill the traditional ruler in his palace,” as directed by his son.
The Police Public Relations Officer identified the suspects as, Hammed Jelili, Michael Ayodele, Monday Samuel, Ademola Matthew, Ogundele Ojeh and Sunkanmi Fadina.
It was learnt that the monarch had issued a distress call to the police at Oja-Odan division around 4:25 pm, adding that “some cultists were about to kill him in his palace”.
The distress call, led the DPO of the Oja-Odan division to mobilize his men to the palace, “where they met the hoodlums shooting sporadically”.
Oyeyemi stated that the “policemen engaged them in a shootout and eventually subdued the cultists and got six amongst them arrested”.
On interrogation, Oyeyemi disclosed that the arrested suspects had confessed to being members of the 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,” Oyeyemi said.
He stated that one locally-made double-barrelled pistol, two live cartridges and one expended cartridge were recovered from the suspects and the said son of the Oba, according to Oyeyemi, had ran away “with another gun belonging to the group”.