The Ogun state command’s spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, has confirmed the death of three persons in Agosasa town, Ipokia Government Area of Ogun State while several houses and properties worth millions were destroyed.
Our sources gather that the violence erupted as a result of the power tussle in the area, as regards who will become the next Oba of Agosasa community.
The genesis of the problem can be traced to early this year when the throne had become vacant following the death of the first Agosasa, Oba James Elegbede, in the February of 2022, this led to uncertain talks as to will mount the stool next.
Confirmed reports have it that the Obaship tussle got to its climax on Sunday when the youths of Agosasa took to the streets to warn against the installation of an unpopular candidate as the next Oja.
An anonymous source who spoke on terms of confidentiality said, “the youths of Agosasa are against the steps being taken by a socialite and a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Akeem Adigun, to install a king.”
A resident of Ipokia who identified himself as Taiwo, said, “On Sunday, about five persons were injured and taken to hospital when the face-off started.
“The intervention of soldiers, policemen, and traditionalists helped to stop the crisis on Sunday evening. I could not pass through the town while going home.”
It was however learned that the situation, got out of hand on Monday with the murder of one Nafiu Amosun, who was said to be the closest ally to the candidate being supported by the youths of Agosasa.
The angry youths alleged that the said Amosun was shot dead near the Afa river by the other faction and this triggered the current chaos in the community.
Some eyewitnesses said that as of Monday evening, houses and vehicles belonging to Akeem Adigun; a former Council Chairman and appointee of Governor Dapo Abiodun, Isiaka Aderounmu, and others had been set on fire by some angry youths.
Oyeyemi warned that people should not take laws into their hands for any reason.
He stated that the Obaship tussle should have been left for the court to address, saying “we don’t need to shed blood because of Obaship titles.”
“If everyone in the town had been killed before the installation, who will whoever emerges the king rule over? It doesn’t be worth it. Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of anybody. We should learn how to address issues legally instead of toeing the path of violence. It doesn’t pay anybody,” he advised.
The police spokesman disclosed that some arrests have been made but refused to give further details about those arrested as investigations were still ongoing to apprehend others involved in spreading chaos and disrupting public peace.