Police detain Osun prince over shooting of US-based prof

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The police on Sunday said it has arrested Prince Eniola Oyesosin over Saturday’s murder of a United States-based lecturer Dr. Richard Adeoriokin.

The police said Oyesosin, who is the son of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin was arrested because he was the one who gave instructions to his civilian guards to fire the shot that killed the lecturer who is also a chieftain of the People Democratic Party in Osun.

Adeoriokin was killed on Saturday shortly after attending a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the coronation of the monarch of his town.

He had returned from the US where is based a university don.

The deceased, the arrested prince and a member of the All Progressive Congress in Ejigbo town, Asalu had reportedly left the venue of the party to attend a short meeting at the private residence of Oyesosin.

As the guests were leaving after the meeting ended, the prince reportedly asked one of the private guards in his house to fire their guns to celebrate their departure when one of the guards discharged his gun into the professor’s leg. The victim was rushed to hospital but died.

Yemisi Opalola, Osun Command spokeswoman said in her statement on Sunday, “The Osun Police Command is using this medium to inform the general public that the Command is aware of the the incident of shooting that occurred at Ejigbo which led to the death of one Dr. Richard Adeoriokin.

“The incident occurred on 27/1/2024 at about 9:48 pm after the 50th Coronation Anniversary of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Oyeyode Oyesosin where one Prince Eniola Oyeyode ‘m’ of Ejigbo Instructed one of his civilian guards named Hammed Abdul Jelili ‘m’ of Ejigbo to fire his double barrel gun into the air to confirm if the gun is in good condition or not, but instead shot directly at the victim and he was rushed to a hospital but confirmed dead by the doctor.

Late Adeoriokin

“Meanwhile, the Prince Eniola Oyeyode who gave the order to his civilian guard to fire gun have been arrested and detained.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Bzigu Dali Kwazhi, mni, therefore appeals to member of the public especially the residents of Ejigbo to remain calm as discreet investigation has commenced immediately.”