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Not Above The Law Traditional ruler arrested for shooting resident during fight

The Ogun state command has arrested a Baale for shooting a young man dead during a fight.

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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.

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Sanni Shofolarin, who is the Baale Shofolarin town in Magboro, shot the victim during a scuffle in the area on Monday, October 17, Punch Metro reports.

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. 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.

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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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