Akeredolu sends strong warning on selection of new Ifon monarch
…….vows to unmask killers of Ondo monarch
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has vowed to unmask killers of traditional ruler of Ifon, Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Oluifon of Ifon.
Oba Adeusi was killed on November 16 by gunmen while returning from Akure.
His killers are yet to be arrested five months after he was killed.
Governor Akeredolu who spoke Saturday at an inter denominational in honour of late Adeusi said he would leave no stone unturned at unravelling the killers no matter how long it will take.
Akeredolu who spoke through Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Oladunni Odu, said he would continue to work with a security agencies to ensure Oba Adeusi did not die in vain.
He described the late Oluifon as a monarch who loved his people and attracted developmental projects to the community.
Governor Akeredolu however cautioned the Ifon community to hasten selection of a new king without hiccups.
He urged them to abide by all chieftaincy declarations in the State in picking a new monarch.
The Ondo Governor also warned that any Regent picked in interregnum should not be made to reign for a long time.
His words, “We are all sad by the manner of the late Oba’s death. It shouldn’t happen to anybody. The Governor will leave no stone unturned to fish out the killers.
“I want to enjoined you to have a peaceful selection of a new Oba. I know there is only one kingmaker left but hasten the process and follow all chieftaincy declaration to select the next Oba. The Regent you are going to pick shouldn’t stay long for there to be peace in the land.”
In his homily, Diocesan Bishop of Owo Anglican Diocese, Rev Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi, said it was sad that nobody has addressed various agitations across the country.
Revd Fagbemi hailed Governor Akeredolu for showing leadership in the creation of the Amotekun Corps and called on all traditional rulers in the Southwest to secure their domain.
He called on security agencies to fish out the killers of late Oluifon for the world to know the truth about his death.
Late Oba Adeusi was crowned in 1997 and reigned for 23 years until he was killed last November.
Those in attendant were, The Chife of Staff to the Ondo state Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, the state Corps Commander Ahmed Tahir Hassan FRSC, Represented by Corps Marshal Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi.
Council of Obas represented by the Alale of Akungba Akoko Ajimo III, O a Sunday Adeyeye.
The president Ifon development union Chief Femi Awani , Oba Gboye Arilewola II of Igbonria Ekiti Kwara, Oniyere of Iyere Kingdom and others