February 8, 2023


Family members of a 40-year-old man, Adebiyi Ogunyele, have accused the Onigua of Iggua, Oba Talabi Dosunmu, and some chiefs in the Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State of killing him.

Our Correspondents gathered that Adebiyi, a herbalist, was alleged to have been possessed by a spirit known as Jemego, according to residents, it is believed that anyone possessed by the spirit is a danger to his community.

A youth leader in the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deceased was accused of using the spirit to kill infants.

He said, “Adebiyi’s brother, Oladele, said a particular chief called him and said Adebiyi was possessed by Jemego and that he would be dealt with.

“The next day, September 16, 2022, we heard that some men from the chief’s compound arrested Adebiyi, and he was taken to the chief’s house, where he was tied to a pillar and tortured.

“Later, he was taken to the palace of Oba Talabi Dosunmu, the Onigua of Iggua, where he was further beaten and tortured and tied to a pillar

“Oba Dosunmu, after accusing Adebiyi of causing evil in the community which led to the death of children, ordered that he should be taken to the community’s evil forest known as Igbo Oro, where he was killed. His body was disposed of at the Omilende area of Igbogila in Yewa North, with a finger missing from his corpse.”

The victim’s wife, Yemisi Ogunyele, said she was with her husband and four children on the night he was taken by the chief’s bodyguards and tortured before being killed at the evil forests on the Oba’s orders

A relative, Adesina Alabi, said the case was reported at the Eggua Police Station.

Oba Dosunmu, when contacted, denied the allegations.

He said, “All these accusations against me over the death of Adebiyi, I know nothing about them. I did not order the killing of anyone. There was nothing of that sort.”

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had directed the homicide section to handle the case.

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