The Police yesterday arrested two traditional chiefs and six kingmakers in Ilase Ijesha in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State as a result of the death last Wednesday, of the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Adesina Alobijuwon who was burnt to death in his palace.
Eight people from the town were invited by the Ibokun Division of the Nigeria Police where they were interrogated for several hours by detectives.
It would be recalled that Oba Alobijuwon died during the week when his palace was set ablaze by some suspected arsonists who were said to be members of the Oodua Peoples' Congress (OPC), who reportedly paid him a private visit at about 8.00pm.
The kingmakers and traditional chiefs whose name could not be ascertained as at press time were said to have given useful information to the Police during interrogation, leading to the matter being transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) in Osogbo, the state capital.
Apart from the palace chiefs, we learnt that a maid who was in the service of the slain monarch has also been apprehended and taken to the SCID, Oshogbo for interrogation in connection with the incident.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba and other senior officers of the state Police Command had visited the razed palace of the late monarch.
It was not clear yesterday if any of the quizzed Chiefs and kingmakers were released. The state government has urged all residents of the state to be vigilant and security conscious as the state approaches an electioneering period.
Also yesterday while speaking on the killing of the Alase of Ilase-Ijesa, the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Sikiru Ayedun said the state government has been assured of proper investigations on the matter by the Police, adding that the Police would unravel those behind the dastardly act in no distant time.
He remarked that some Politicians who were hell bent at destabilising the state ahead of the next year gubernatorial election might be sponsoring criminal activities in the state.