Hoodlums burgle Ogun palace, steal crown, staff of office

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Suspected thieves have broken and stolen the crown and staff of office of Oba James Sodiya, the Olu of Ogunmakin town in Obafemi-Owode local government area of Ogun state.

The incident was confirmed to journalists in Abeokuta  on Saturday, by the police spokesman Omolola Odutola. 

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The thieves were said to have on Thursday, October 12, broken into the palace of the late monarch who died just two months ago.

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Odutola, who called the crime an abomination disclosed that the police has arrested three suspects in connection with the crime.

She added that the police had retrieved the crown but was yet to recover the staff of office.

“On the 12th of October 2023, an intelligence was received from the palace of his Royal Majesty late Ogunmakin that one Amusa Kazeem, Oke Oladipupo and Johnson Oluwole conspired and stole the royal crown and the staff of office two months after the demise of king of Ogunmakin.

“The suspects were alleged to have entered into the house at about 2000 hours were the properties of the late king were kept. 

“The trio took the key where it was kept in the custody of the person assigned to keep the properties and removed the royal crown and the staff of office of the late king, an act described as an abomination.

“Immediately the information was received the police swung into action and recovered the royal crown from the house of one Kazeem Amusan.

“The staff of office has not been recovered, but intensive action is on going to recover same. 

“The suspects have been arrested and are under going interrogation”, the Police Spokesman added.

She noted that the commissioner of police, Abiodun Alamutu has urged members of the public to volunteer information that will lead to the recovery of the staff of office.

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