Ogun traditional ruler falls ill during court sitting

The sitting was adjourned to June 25 for further hearing.

The sitting of the panel of enquiry investigating the attack of the traditional ruler of Ado-Odo Town, continued at the High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta, on Tuesday as participants expressed fear when the victim, Lateef Akanni, suddenly took ill during the commission’s hearing.

The monarch’s ailment occurred while a witness, his driver, Olufunmi Olajide, was giving his account of the event during cross examination.

The monarch looked uncomfortable where he was sitting and suddenly started shivering and sweating profusely.

The lead counsel to the petitioner, Olusoji Oduntan, realising the failing health of his client, quickly drew the attention of the commission to it.

At this stage, the chairman of the commission, Oluwatosin Osinuga, ordered that the traditional ruler be taken out to relax in his car in order to regain strength.

Mr. Osinuga said the traditional ruler could return to the court if he felt fit enough.

The monarch was, thereafter, assisted into his car by a female relative and two of his counsels and then driven out from the court premises to a hospital for medical attention.

He returned after about an hour later with his wife, Elizabeth Akanni.

The driver’s tale

The driver, in his account of the event, told the commission that the attackers resolved to set the royal father ablaze after shooting him and the bullets were not penetrating his body.

He identified some of the attackers, some of who were in the court and the others in video clips presented in court.

“The attackers attempted to set Kabiyesi ablaze when gunshot failed to penetrate his body. They have already arranged used tyres and petrol to burn the traditional ruler,” the driver said.

He said the traditional ruler got lucky as it was at this point that the police came to the rescue of the victim.

Meanwhile, further hearing and viewing of video clips of the attack was adjourned till Tuesday, June 25,on the order of the commission’s chairman.


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