The whereabouts of the traditional ruler of Ilogbo-Ekiti, Oba Edward Ajayi, is unknown after a violent attack on his palace by irate residents.

The embattled monarch was accused of complicity in a cult-related attack which left a member of the community dead.

The community erupted in crisis after the latest cult war claimed the life of a boy.

The onslaught, according to residents, was allegedly led by the embattled monarch’s son, Adeleye Ajayi.

A source in the community claimed that Adeleye was expelled from a university in Ondo State for alleged cult-related activities about five years ago.

“The Prince and his group has been terrorizing our community with the shield and protection of the palace.

“The people were forced into violence because of failure of the Oba to put his child and his group under check and the death of the boy sparked the riot.

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“Sacred trees usually cut when a king dies have since been cut down while the palace and Oba’s cars were vandalized.”

The Police Public Relations Officer,  Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the arrest of the suspects, adding that the incident was still under investigation.

“Seven persons including the Oba’s son have been arrested in connection with the incident while the body of the boy killed has been deposited in the mortuary.”

All efforts to get the monarch and his aides reaction proved abortive as their phone numbers were consistently not reachable. 

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