ABEOKUTA – Chief Akeem Adigun, known as Socopao, underwent police questioning regarding an alleged murder case in Agosasa-Yewa, Ogun State, following a petition filed by aggrieved Agosasa indigenes with the office of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Egbetokun.
The investigation stems from the alleged killing of Mr. Nofiu Amosun, a native of the town, during a kingship dispute that escalated into violence on September 12, 2022.
Chief Akeem Adigun appeared on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at the Ogun State Police Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, where he was questioned by officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID Zone D).
Upon arrival at the headquarters, Akeem Adigun provided a statement and was ordered to return on Friday, September 8, 2023, accompanied by his Police Orderly, who was allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of Mr. Nofiu Amosun during the fracas.
Previously, the kingmakers of Oja Agosasa had appealed to the former Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba, to instruct the Ogun State Police Command to apprehend the culprits responsible for the deaths of three indigenes who were assassinated on September 12, 2022, during a protest related to the gruesome murder of a personal assistant to an Oba-elect of Agosasa.
In a press conference on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Chief Awode Akanni Oladosu, Aro and the head of kingmakers to the stool of Oja of Agosasa, criticized the Ogun State Police Command for failing to arrest, investigate, and prosecute the known assailants responsible for the gruesome murders that occurred on Monday, September 12, 2022, in Agosasa, Ipokia Local Government area, Ogun State.
Chief Awode Oladosu also urged Lt. General Faruk Yahaya, the Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, to direct the Brigade Commander, 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Ogun State, and the Commanding Officer to identify, apprehend, and prosecute the soldiers involved in the killing and torture of Agosasa residents on the night of September 12, 2022.
Chief Awode Oladosu further alleged that on the morning of September 12, 2022, Otunba Akeem Adigun, also known as Socopao, had ordered his police orderly to shoot Mr. Nofiu Amosun, the personal assistant to the Oba-elect of Agosasa, while Mr. Amosun was on an errand.
According to Chief Oladosu, on September 11, 2022, Chief Fatai Ajibola, Oga Ilu Agosasa, received a phone call from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, inviting all the Kingmakers to his office in Abeokuta at 10:00 AM without providing any details.
They left for Abeokuta at 7:00 AM on the morning of September 12, 2022, but received a call from Agosasa, informing them that Otunba Akeem Adigun and his police orderly had shot Mr. Nofiu Amosun. Despite efforts to save Mr. Amosun, he was confirmed dead by the attending doctor.
Chief Oladosu detailed eye-witness accounts, stating that “Otunba Adigun’s convoy pursued the motorcycle on which Mr. Nofiu Amosun was riding.
“Both Mr. Amosun and the rider fell during the pursuit. As Mr. Amosun attempted to escape, Otunba Akeem Adigun’s police orderly, Inspector Ogundiran Ola, disembarked and shot him.
“Otunba Adigun himself alighted from his car and stabbed Mr. Nofiu Amosun multiple times before departing the scene.”
He stated further that during their detention at the Department of State Service (DSS) office in Abeokuta, the youth of Agosasa protested and moved toward the Secretariat of Ipokia Local Government, where another person, Rafiu Fadeyi, was reportedly shot by Otunba Akeem Adigun’s associate named Godonu. However, Godonu managed to escape and remains at large.
Despite several complaints and petitions to both the Police and Nigerian Army in Ogun State, Otunba Akeem Adigun and others allegedly involved in the incidents have not been arrested or investigated.
It was scooped that the dispute in Agosasa revolves around a kingship tussle and the appointment of a new chief.
Chief Awode Oladosu emphasized that justice is sought for the three young people who were tragically killed in their prime, and he called on Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to intervene and ensure that those responsible are arrested, investigated, and prosecuted.