In a country where there hoodlums hold sway, the traditional ruler of Owo town, in the Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Patrick Fasinu has been gruesomely killed by assassins.
Fasinu, who had gone for a meeting of traditional rulers in the Ilaro area on Wednesday, was reportedly dragged out of his Toyota Camry car oh his way back and hacked to death with an axe before his killers took his corpse back to the car and it ablaze.
The monarch’s charred remains were recovered on Thursday by policemen from the Ogun state command.
It is gathered that he had dropped off his driver along the way and was heading home when he was ambushed by his killers.
A family source, who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Punch that the attackers went away with the Oba’s phone.
He said, “He went for a meeting of traditional rulers in Ilaro. While returning, he greeted some of his family members at Owode. He was there till evening.
“He later left for Oke Odan around 10pm. He dropped off his driver along the way and continued his journey to his hometown, where he was the king. He was about a mile away from his house when he was assassinated.
“His family had looked for him throughout the night and when they didn’t see him, they thought he slept over in the house of one of his wives or somewhere else.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi has confirmed the incident.
He said, “The monarch was gruesomely murdered. He was burnt to death in his car. We have started investigations already. The driver is in our custody and we will get to the root of the case.”