The gruesome murder of one of the residents of Imasayi town, Aminu Ajayi, has drawn the attention of Oba Lukmon Kuoye of Olu of Imasayi, Yewa North Local government, Ogun State.
This followed a report written and circulated on social media by one Adebisi Ajayi, who accused the police foot dragging the investigation and indicting Oba Kuoye in the matter.
Ajayi wrote in his piece, “What is even more disheartening is the silence and inaction of the King of the community, Lukman Kuoye, and his chiefs. Not only did they fail to inform the police or show any sign of sympathy to the grieving family, but they also arranged for a local media campaign aimed at discrediting the case. It’s as if they turned their backs on justice.
“ The State Police Command, Eleweran, displayed a baffling lack of professionalism in their handling of this case. Instead of pursuing the murderers with the same vigor displayed in a separate, unrelated case, they arranged a reconciliation meeting between the petitioners and the suspects. This is a grave injustice to Aminu Ajayi’s memory and the pursuit of truth”.
However, Oba Lukmon referred to Ajayi’s article as malicious and defamatory in a statement released on Monday through his media consultant, Hakeem Adegbenro, revealing that it was the writer’s vain attempt to bring his lofty stool into disrepute.
The Monarch stated that a murder case of that size necessitates discreet police inquiry, and advised the writer and his associates to wait for the outcome of such an investigation before publishing spiteful and libelous information against him.
Oba Kuoye argued that the deceased, their families, and society as a whole deserved justice, and that the black shade created by Aminu’s murder must not be allowed to stain the communal sense of right and wrong.
He noted that justice should be delivered to the departed, their family, and the community at large, stressing that the murder of Aminu should not be allowed to cloud society’s moral consciousness.
The statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to a malicious and libelous write-up as per the above subject, written by one Adebisi Ajayi, indicting the personality and the revered stool of Olu of Imasayi-Yewa, HRM Oba (Rtn) Amb. Lukman Olalekan Kuoye, Fcim.
“ The contents of the referenced subject revolve around the gruesome murder of the late Aminu Ajayi, who was a native and resident of Imasayi -Yewa in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun state. For the umpteenth time, we condole with his dear family on this dastard act of the men of the underworld.
“ However, on the recent fabrication of the blackmail by the said Adebisi Ajayi, we wish to inform the general public that the case has since been and is still being investigated by the Police. Thus, we wish to set the record straight in the face of relentless but vain efforts to drag the exalted stool of Olu of Imasayi-Yewa in the mud for posterity’s sake.
“It is necessary to stress that justice on any Criminal case, just as in the instant alleged murder case requires discreet investigative efforts of the police and which the police through the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department ( SCIID) had several questions the persons close to the Olu of Imasayi-Yewa on the strength of the petition written by members of Ajayi family”.
“Meanwhile, the writer alluded that the case has now been transferred to the Homicide Department in Alagbon for further and proper investigation alleging that the police at Ogun State Command failed to do justice, we state that this is good for justice and we support the move but disagree that the police has not done their best just because they refuse to maliciously detain the innocent persons suspected by the members of Ajayi family.
“ We therefore appeal even to the Parties, especially the said Adebisi Ajayiis to await the outcome of such investigation rather than hastily publish malicious and libelous information and the Olu Imasayi-Yewa”, the statement indicated.
The statement continues”As the traditional ruler and an International Peace Ambassador, Oba Kuoye, the Olu of Imasayi-Yewa, will continue to be fair, transparent in the ruling the affairs of the community, not minding who was and wasn’t in support of his ascension to the throne of his forefathers”.
Oba Kuoye also issued a warning to the people living in Imasayi-Yewa town, stating that the government and palace would not accept any actions that could endanger the community’s security.
“It will also help the ancient town to investigate and bring the culprits to book, to bring sanity into the town, and to also act as a deterrent to other hidden criminals in the town and her environment”.