14th September, 2010
The ancient town of Ado-Odo in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, South WestÂ Nigeria witnessed a bloodbath yesterday during a mayhem that led to the killing of 11Â residents.
To quell the crisis, government has imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The crisis first erupted about three months ago when the townâ€™s monarch, Muniru OdejideÂ believed to be the popular choice of the indigenes was deposed by the Supreme Court.
Majority of the residents have since declared war on the incumbent Oba Lateef Adeniran.
Witnesses to the mayhem alleged that both sides to the crisis used fire arms to battle theirÂ opponents.
Houses were razed. About 11 men died while scores of others sustained injuries.
An indigene, Kayode Akinjide told P.M.NEWS: â€œIfa oracle chose Odejide for us as monarch andÂ we enjoyed his tenure. But since the impostor became king, we faced this problem.
â€œThe court should not force a king on us in Ado Odo. We should have a king we choose and itsÂ only then that we can enjoy peace in this community.â€
It was gathered that the victims of the crisis included three policemen whose corpses wereÂ recovered yesterday.
Presently, the Ado-Odo community is deserted as many of the indigenes have relocated toÂ neighbouring towns.
â€”Dedeigbo Ayodeji/Adeyera Olubunmi