Police Arrest Traditional Ruler For Shooting Resident

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The police have arrested a traditional ruler of the Magboro
community in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, Ogun State, for allegedly
killing a resident of the community.

Sanni Shofolarin, who is the Baale Shofolarin town in
Magboro, shot the victim during a scuffle in the area on Monday, October 17,
2016.
It is reported that a party which had been thrown in the
community resulted in a fight which was taken to the palace for mediation.
In the cause of the mediation, another fight ensued and
quickly escalated in front of the palace.
The Baale reportedly brought out his gun and in a bid to put
an end to the fight, shot into the crowd killing the victim whose name is yet
to be ascertained.
A resident of the area who pleaded anonymity, said that the
monarch had only wanted to stop the fight, while describing the incident as
unfortunate.
He said, “There was a party in the neighbourhood on Monday, October 17, 2016. 
At the end of the party, some of the people had a disagreement. 
The people were
brought to the baale so he could settle the matter for them. 
After the baale
listened to them, he tried to mediate. 
But they did not heed his advice and the
fight continued after they left the palace. 
The baale, who was angry, brought
out his gun and while trying to stop them, fired a shot which hit the victim.
He was rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead.”
Punch Metro reports that the victim who was an indigene of
Sokoto state, had been far from the scene of the incident when he was shot. His
corpse has since been deposited at the mortuary.
Following his arrest by police officers from the Ibafo
division, the case has now been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation
and Intelligence Department, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations
Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said that further investigation into the case was
ongoing.
“We gathered that some people were fighting opposite the
baale’s house and the place became rowdy. He then brought out his gun, and
while trying to scare the people away, fired a shot, which hit the victim who
died.
“The case was reported at the Ibafo Police Division and the
baale was arrested. The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, ordered that the
case be transferred to the Homicide Section, SCIID, Eleweran, for discreet
investigation.”

May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.

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