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Dead Corps Member Found In Oba’s Shrine

Posted by The PM News on 2008/07/28 | Views: 2860 |

Dead Corps Member Found In Oba’s Shrine


The police at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Lagos, made a shocking discovery when they allegedly discovered the body of a youth corps member in a shrine at the palace of the Onitire of Itire, Oba Lateef Abayomi Dauda.

The police at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Lagos, made a shocking discovery when they allegedly discovered the body of a youth corps member in a shrine at the palace of the Onitire of Itire, Oba Lateef Abayomi Dauda.

The Chemical Engineering graduate of Lagos State University (LASU) was found tied with a rope around his neck. He was identified as Abiodun Seriki.

Police sources at SCID Panti told P.M.News that the report of the missing youth corper was initially lodged at the Itire police station three days before his dead body was found.

The parents of the deceased had also bought airtime on radio and television seeking information about their missing child.

A police source told P.M.News that a young boy of about 14 (name withheld), who had scaled the back fence of the palace to pluck mango fruits discovered the dead body.

He immediately jumped back and rushed to Itire police station to report.

The police then mobilised and stormed the palace, where the dead body was recovered.

They promptly arrested the entire household of the Oba, including his two wives and his seven children.

The Oba had visited the Homicide Department of the SCID twice and the police said he had made a useful statement.

An unconfirmed report indicated that the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) in charge of SCID, Panti, Mr. Oyeleye Oyebade, last Friday ordered the detention of the Oba.

An irate mob attempted to burn down the palace, prompting the police to beef-up security around the premises.

A resident of Itire, who pleaded anonymity for obvious reasons, accused the Onitire family of murder.

"They have just finished their Oro festival. Each time they do this Oro of a thing, this is how they murder people. The police should not bungle this case as we are watching," he said.

Contacted, Mr. Leye Oyebade, the DC at Panti said: "All I can tell you now is that a dead body was discovered at the palace. What we are investigating now is homicide. Investigation will reveal if it is murder, manslaughter or suicide."

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