Police quiz Ondo monarch over murder of prince


The corpse of the late prince was found floating in a river.

Police authorities in Ondo State on Monday quizzed a monarch, the Olu of Igbokoda, Afolabi Odidiomo, for his alleged involvement in the gruesome killing of a Prince, Titiola Lebi.

Mr. Odidiomo was invited by the police following a petition sent to the State Police Commissioner by the late prince’s legal counsel, Juwon Shemudara.

The monarch is accused of complicity in the murder of Mr. Lebi.

Earlier, police arrested eight subjects of the monarch in connection with the murder of the prince.

The monarch, according to a police source arrived at the state police headquarters along Igbatoro road, Akure, at about 12:15 p.m. in a black Sienna bus. The monarch, dressed in a white native attire, was led to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, CID, where he was quizzed for several hours.

The monarch was still being interrogated as at 8:00 p.m.

A senior police officer who did not want to be named said, “I don’t think the man will be allowed to go home today because the allegation against him is a serious. We have to do our job properly and ensure that justice is done. We are not saying that the monarch is guilty or no. But his interrogation will throw more light on the issue.”

The late Mr. Lebi and three of his friends, according to Mr. Shemudara, were allegedly seized by some people identified as palace boys at Igbokoda on March 13 and taken to the Odidiomo’s palace, where they were brutalized.

The corpse of Mr. Lebi was later found floating in the Igbokoda river three days after he had been declared missing, a development which led to the invasion and destruction of the monarch’s palace by irate youth in the town.

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