Petitions hinder take-off of panel on Ogun traditional ruler’s attack

A traditional ruler in Ogun State was beaten up by some thugs.

Several petitions against some members of a panel set up by the Ogun State Government to investigate the attack on a traditional ruler in Ado-Odo area of the state has stalled the take-off of the committee’s work.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muyiwa Oladipo, made this known on Wednesday at his Ministerial Briefing held at the Governor’s Office Press Centre, Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The Olofin of Ado-Odo, Lateef Akanni, was beaten and publicly stripped naked by some alleged residents of the community. Seven suspects were later arrested by the police, while the state government set up a panel of enquiry.

Speaking about the functions of the panel, which was earlier given six weeks to submit its report, the commissioner said the panel has since stayed any action.

Mr. Oladipo said shortly after setting up the panel, the state government received a number of petitions against some of the members who were chosen outside government representatives in the committee.

He explained that in view of this, and for government not to be seen as being biased, it resolved to stay action for a while until the issue is properly resolved.

The Commissioner condemned the attack on the traditional ruler, describing the action of the suspects as criminal, sacrilegious and barbaric. He affirmed that some suspects were already in police net.

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