A middle-aged man, (identity not yet ascertained) on Monday in Odo-Oro-Ekiti, a community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti, allegedly stabbed the traditional ruler, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin to death.
The traditional ruler, who ascended the throne in 1986, was allegedly stabbed with a knife by man after a meeting of the traditional council.
A resident, Mr Henry Olu, said the assailant was from the same royal family as the slain traditional ruler.
Sources said the suspect, who bolted into the bush after the incident, is reportedly mentally unstable.
Olu said the assailant was earlier seen before the council meeting sitting on the throne and was chased away.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.
“It is true the incident actually happened and police men have moved in.
“The person alleged is of unsound mind and he actually escaped into the bush after committing the crime.