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EXCLUSIVE! Body of Late Oyo Chief Exhumed, Two Goat Heads, Charms Found Inside His Grave

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After two failed attempts, the body of late Chief Lawrence Itiade Owoade, the Onisa of Ilora in Afijio Local Government of Oyo State, who died in controversial circumstance was on Thursday exhumed in his private residence along Farm Settlement Road, Ilora for proper investigation of his death.

The late Onisa, was an Ilora High Chief and Second-in-Command to the Afijio (Monarch) of Ilora. He was alleged to have hanged himself in his living room in his one-storey building on November 20, 2014 and was hurriedly buried by the traditionalists on the instruction of the monarch without post-mortem examination conducted on his body.

However, a petition written by the late Chief’s friend, Elder Francis Afolabi Morakinyo, to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, alleging foul play over the death of Chief Owoade stirred police investigation into the case.

Elder Morakinyo, who alleged that the late Onisa was murdered, stated that there was no reason for the late chief to
have hanged himself as he was a successful poutry farmer and had landed property in Ilora and Ibadan.

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The exhumation was carried out by the joint team of policemen from Zone Eleven Headquarters, Osogbo, Environmental Officers from the Oyo State Ministry of Health, and medical doctors from the Department of Pathology, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

It was done in the presence of the alleged prime suspect, Ifalose, an Ifa priest, and late Chief Owoade’s family members.

The exhumation of the body of late chief lasted for about three hours amid tight security. It commenced at about 11 am when the six policemen led by a Superintendent simply identified as Bolaji got a marching order from the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of the Zone, Mrs .Kalafite Adeyemi, to go ahead with the exhumation when two of the prime suspects, Aserifa and Amidu Adeleke, were nowhere to be found.

 

 

Four Environmental Inspectors from the Oyo state Ministry of Health and a Medical Doctor from UCH joined the team of those who exhumed body while the family members of late Chief Owoade who witnessed the exhumation included Pa Karimu Adesina, Head of Onisa family, Pa Olayiwola Owoade (aka Alatise), senior brother to the late Onisa and sons and uncles to the late chief; Adesola Adeniran, Adegboyega Adeniran and Mr Oluwole Bolaji.

It was gathered that staggering discoveries were made during the exhumation as two goat heads were seen placed on each side of the buried corpse while a big charm was placed on his chest.

The corpse and the charms as well as the goat heads were packed into the coffin brought by the exhumation team and taken away in an ambulance.

A relation of the late Chief, Mr Adegboyega Adeniran who lamented the shabby way the corpse was buried said late Chief Owoade  would be given a befitting burial after the police might have concluded their investigation.

He said: “The late Onisa was a prominent person in the society. During his life time, he was the Onisa of Ilora, the second in command to the king and he was the Head of the kingmakers who installed the present Afijiio, he did not deserve the poor burial given to him. He was buried like a poor man who has no relation, We will give his body a burial befitting his status after Police investigation.

Police detectives  from Zone Eleven had stormed Ilora on December 2, 2015 and arrested at least ten people including
two traditional worshipers simply identified as Aserifa and Ifalose who allegedly partook in the burial of the late Chief Owoade who was allegedly found hanging on the ceiling of his living room.

Others who appeared before the Police in Osogbo  for questioning on the alleged murder included the Monarch, Oba Stephen Oparinde, and six Chiefs namely Chief Kilanko Ajayi,(Jagun), Chief Ademola  Oladipo (Otunba), Chief J.O. Oyaniyi (Balogun), Chief Motunrayo Oke (Odofin), Chief Olatoke Ajenifuja (Iyalode) and Chief Amidu Adeleke, the newly installed Onisa who
replaced the late Chief Owoade.

 

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